For the Record …. Wonder was a genuine child prodigy by virtue of his musical ability and his sheer desire to succeed. Since then, he has literally never been out of the limelight, and his fame is such that he is asked to lend his name to a variety of social causes. Being black, blind, and up from poverty entitles him, of course, to say that he has been there and back. Wonder was born Stevland Judkins in Saginaw, Michigan. His birth was four weeks premature, and doctors believe the pure oxygen used in the infant incubator robbed him of his sight. Having never had his vision, Wonder did not suffer the loss of it. At two he began pounding tin pans with spoons in rhythm with radio songs, and at four he learned to play the piano, harmonica, and drums. Young Stevland Morris his mother had remarried began hanging around the fledgling Motown studio.
Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. More Videos Birth place: Saginaw, Michigan. Read More. Father: Calvin Judkins. Nominated for 74 Grammy Awards and won 25, plus received an honorary award. Nominated for one Academy Award with one win. Born prematurely; doctors believe he was blinded when he was accidentally given too much oxygen in his incubator.
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Blind virtually since birth, Wonder 's heightened awareness of sound helped him create vibrant, colorful music teeming with life and ambition. Nearly everything he recorded bore the stamp of his sunny, joyous positivity; even when he addressed serious racial, social, and spiritual issues which he did quite often in his prime , or sang about heartbreak and romantic uncertainty, an underlying sense of optimism and hope always seemed to emerge. Much like his inspiration, Ray Charles , Wonder had a voracious appetite for many different kinds of music, and refused to confine himself to any one sound or style. His range helped account for his broad-based appeal, but so did his unique, elastic voice, his peerless melodic facility, his gift for complex arrangements, and his taste for lovely, often sentimental ballads. Originally, Wonder was a child prodigy who started out in the general Motown mold, but he took control of his vision in the '70s, spinning off a series of incredible albums that were as popular as they were acclaimed; most of his reputation rests on these works, which most prominently include Talking Book , Innervisions , and Songs in the Key of Life. His output since then has been inconsistent, marred by excesses of sentimentality and less of the progressive imagination of his best work, but it's hardly lessened the reverence in which he's long been held. A premature infant, he was put on oxygen treatment in an incubator; it was likely an excess of oxygen that exacerbated a visual condition known as retinopathy of prematurity, causing his blindness.
Stevie Wonder is without doubt one of the world's greatest and most loved pop icons. From his days as a child prodigy to his transformation into a soul giant, here's all the big info you need about the great man. The stunted growth of blood vessels in the back of his eyes caused his retinas to detach, and the oxygen pumped into his incubator made the condition worse, leaving him permanently blind. A member of his local church choir, Stevie mastered piano, harmonica, drums and bass before his teenage years. He auditioned for Motown Records at the age of 11, and founder Berry Gordy later said he was "speechless". Stevie has been married three times. He was married to Motown singer and collaborator Syreeta Wright from until their amicable divorce in