Steveland (Stevie) Hardaway Judkins was born on the 13th of May, 1950 in Saginaw Michigan (Bio, 2015). Due to being born six weeks premature, Stevie was placed in an incubator to help maintain his breathing (Bio, 2015 &
Stevie Wonder, 2011). The forced oxygen caused the retinas in the back of his eyes to become unattached, leaving Stevie permanently blind (Bio, 2015). This happened due to the growth of blood vessels in the back of the eyes not fully developing correctly (Wikipedia, 2015).
Even though Stevie was left with no vision he began playing the harmonica at age 4, learnt to play piano at age 6 and took up drum lessons when he was 8 years old (Bio, 2011). In 1961, Stevie had the opportunity to sing to Ronnie White …show more content…
Apart from being involved in many helpful campaigns and events, Stevie’s music and lyrics inspired musicians everywhere. Jackson 5, Prince, Lionel Richie and D’Angelo all believed that Stevie Wonder had a massive impact on music and song writing (Shmoop, 2015). Musicians such as the Miracles, Ray Charles and Johnny Ace all influenced Stevie to pursue a career in the music industry (Shmoop, 2015). Even though he is blind, he has not let that stop him from doing what he wants to do. Stevie once said “Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision” (Brainy Quote, 2015).
The Tamla label offered Stevie a five year contract but made it clear that all his money would be kept in a trust fund until he was at least 21 years old (Wikipedia, 2015). In 1962, Stevie released his first album ‘The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie’. He then released his first recorded album, ‘Tribute to Uncle Ray in October, the same year (Wikipedia, 2015). When Stevie was just 12 years old he toured America through the ‘chitlin circuit’ theatres (Wikipedia, 2015). In May 1963, his performance at the Regal Theatre in Chicago was recorded and formed into a live album, ‘The 12 Year Old Genius’ (Wikipedia, 2015). A few months later, when Stevie was 13, his first number 1 hit single appeared on the Billboard 100 chart (Wikipedia, 2015).
Stevie starred in Muscle Beach Party and Bikini Beach as himself, during the year
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Stevland Hardaway Morris is an American award-winning musician known all over the world by the name Stevie Wonder. Wonder was born on May 13, 1950, in a small city in Michigan state where he lived his first four years of his life before moving to Detroit. Wonder endured a harsh childhood. Blind since birth, he overcame difficult family situations such as poverty and an abusive father, but that did not stop him. Instead, it encouraged him, to develop his natural gifts and create the most renown and expressive music of the twentieth century. Artistically, Wonder is recognized and awarded; he has made more than 30 U.S. top 10 hits, won 25 Grammy awards - the most Grammys ever given to a solo artist, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Personally, Wonder's disability, early hardships, and cultural background have shaped his philanthropic mindset by merging his talent with social justice initiatives.
Despite Hank Williams rough childhood and spina bifida, he made a lasting impression on American music and is still inspirational to young musicians.
On December 24, 1956 Steve Kirsch was born, his birthplace was in Los Angeles, California. As Steve grew up and went to school and lived a normal life, he was adopted shortly after being born. His parents that adopted him when he was born were American and Syrian, his father is Syrian and his mother is American. Steve Kirsch dropped out of college but he still continued his education by auditing classes. He kept studying but as he looked for a job it would get harder to find a job for someone who dropped out of school it would be hard to get a job. Steve lived with his dad for many years, but Steve did not liked living with his dad, his dad lived in a small house that Steve had to sleep in his father dorm room floors.
If you have ever wondered why Steven Tyler is so crazy or funny well your about to find out. Steven Victor Tallarico was born March 26th 1948 in the bronx of NYC. All the way up to high school, Steven played the drums in his dads band until he realized he could sing with a great voice, that would one day change Rock n Roll Music. His dad was a music teacher so music has always been in his blood.
Stevie Wonder is an African American musician who had to overcome a large obstacle, his blindness. Although he had to deal with a life changing disability, Stevie’s determined attitude and love for music helped him find ways to overcome this significant challenge. Despite his blindness, Stevie Wonder became one of the most popular and celebrated musicians in this country. He amazed many people when he accomplished unbelievable things, such as being honored with many awards including 25 Grammys (Bio.com).
Stevie Nicks was born May 26, 1948, in Phoenix, Arizona. She signed with Fleetwood Mac in 1975, becoming an instant sensation, she also released solo albums. After years of struggling with addiction, Nicks finally recovered her wellbeing and liveliness. Fleetwood Mac reunified in 1997 and was welcomed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
Among Wonder's works are singles such as "Superstition", "Sir Duke", "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" and "I Just Called to Say I Love You"; and albums such as Talking Book, Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life. He has recorded more than 30 U.S. top ten hits and received 25 Grammy Awards, the most ever awarded to a male solo artist, and has sold over 100 million albums and singles, making him one of the top 60 best-selling music artists. Wonder is also noted for his work as an activist for political
For some artists, a broader, deeper perception may mean a change in style, but for Stevie Wonder, his already broad, eclectic style needed no such change. His style directly and indirectly has influenced many artists. Stevie was known for layering his synthesizer parts to create ingenious melodic and rhythmic counterpoint. His music has pop, jazz, dance, and funk influences. He seamlessly welds
Motown label-mate "Diminutive" Stevie Wonder had been a prodigy years earlier, but he didn't have the mass crossover appeal of adolescent Michael and his four older brothers, who turned out a brand of R&B so macrocosmically infectious that it was beloved by a rainbow coalition of kids and adults. Even now, if you optate to get adult partygoers of a certain age onto a dance floor, cue up "I Optate You Back" or "ABC" and you're all set.
notice that he was much better at singing than he was at playing guitar, this lead him to action. After
Stevie wonder also likes to focus on politics, just like the song “ Happy birthday”. Stevie wonder used his talent and recorded that song for Marin Luther King. He used this to organize the rally in Washington on January 15, the day of Martin Luther King’s birthday. And after he sang he made a speech and he said “As an artist, my purpose is to communicate the message that can better improve the lives of all of us. I'd like to ask all of you just for one moment, if you will, to be silent and just to think and hear in your mind the voice of our Dr. Martin Luther
Jelly Roll Morton started playing piano when he was 10 years old . Like Joe King Oliver and Louis Armstrong ,Morton started from New Orleans. Jelly role played by himself unlike Oliver , he started performing all over the southern states like Florida .Duke Ellington set apart from most of the other artist was born with money . Also
By the time he was twelve he was already being paid to perform at school dances. He then went to high school in Chicago for, at most, one year before dropping out to attend Washburn College in Topeka, Kansas. He studied for two years at Washburn at which time he learned about harmonies and composition; which would prove to be of utmost importance to him and his career in later life.
Born in San Francisco in February 1955 to two unmarried graduate students, Steve was put up for adoption within a week of his birth. He was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs, who soon after moved to Mountain View, California, a rural town Silicon Valley.