Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder

Timeline of Stevie Wonder, a legendary musician known for his exceptional talent as a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, whose groundbreaking work spans multiple decades and genres. His influential contributions to music, including iconic hits like Superstition and Isn t She Lovely, have solidified his status as one of the greatest artists of all time.


May 13, 1950


Saginaw, Michigan, Unites States


Singer, songwriter and musician


Michigan School for the Blind in Lansing, Michigan


13 May 1950

Birth of Stevie Wonder

Stevland Hardaway Judkins, known as Stevie Wonder, was born in Saginaw, Michigan. He became a child prodigy and one of the most successful and beloved musicians in the world.


06 August 1961

Tamla Records and 'Little Stevie Wonder'

At the age of 11, Stevie was signed to Motown's Tamla label, and he was given the stage name 'Little Stevie Wonder.' His early musical talent catapulted him to fame.


10 August 1963

Number-One Hit with 'Fingertips' at the Age of 13

'Fingertips,' a live recording from the Motor Town Revue was a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 when Stevie was just 13, making him the youngest artist to top the chart.


03 March 1971

Signed a New and Better Contract with Motown

Upon turning 21 in 1971, Stevie negotiated a new contract with Motown, which allowed him much more creative freedom in his recordings and a higher royalty rate.


28 September 1976

Release of the Album 'Songs in the Key of Life'

He released what many consider to be his masterpiece album, 'Songs in the Key of Life,' which went on to become one of the best-selling albums worldwide.


13 May 1980

Campaign for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Wonder was instrumental in campaigning for the recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a national holiday, celebrated in the United States every third Monday of January.


18 January 1989

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

Stevie Wonder was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his immense contribution to music and influence on countless artists and genres.


25 February 2009

Awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize

Stevie Wonder was awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2009. This prestigious honor recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to music and whose work exemplifies the standard of excellence associated with the Gershwin brothers. Wonder's receipt of this award highlights his remarkable impact on popular music, as well as his enduring legacy as a prolific and influential artist. The presentation ceremony took place at the White House, where President Obama delivered remarks honoring Stevie Wonder's contributions to music and culture before presenting him with the award.



22 November 2009

Designed as a United Nations Messenger of Peace

Stevie Wonder was designated as a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on persons with disabilities.

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