By James E. Perone
On the grounds that his expert debut in 1962, Stevie ask yourself has recorded sixty-four singles that experience made the Billboard most sensible a hundred, together with ten that reached no 1. ask yourself used to be one of many first Motown artists to have whole regulate over the writing, arranging, and recording of his songs, and accomplished that stature earlier than he was once two decades outdated. He has gained 17 Grammy awards, was once elected to the Rock and Roll corridor of status in 1989, and earned the Grammy's Lifetime fulfillment Award in 1996. both vital, his paintings as a manufacturer, arranger, and instrumentalist on different artists' recordings has placed him within the optimum rank of musical collaborators. this can be the 1st paintings of feedback in this vital documentarian of yank existence, in addition to the introductory quantity within the Praeger Singer-Songwriter assortment. via a mixture of biography and significant research, James Perone's groundbreaking new publication finds the numerous ways that Stevie Wonder's physique of labor emerged, built, mirrored its time, and encouraged myriad different artists.After revealing the social, cultural, and political context of Wonder's paintings, the ebook presents particular research of his compositions and recordings, with a spotlight on either his recognized songs and people identified in simple terms to his hardcore fanatics. the quantity additionally includes discussions of canopy models of Wonder's compositions, a discography of his recordings, a music name index, an annotated bibliography, and a common index.