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Album: Songs in the Key of LifeReleased: 1976Charted:
At about 3:09 in the song, George Benson comes in on lead guitar. Then, he takes over on the lead vocal scatting at about 6:37 for over a minute and half until the fade.
The closing track on Wonder's landmark double album Songs in the Key of Life, "Another Star" runs 8:28 and yearns with heartache. The song follows the 7:08 "As" on the album, where Stevie sings about endless devotion to his loved one. "Another Star" is a similar sentiment, but tinged with heartache, as it's clear that Stevie has lost his love and has no plans to get over her: "Love might be for you to find, but I will celebrate our love of yesterday."
The plaintive lyrics are accompanied by joyful music, with 10 different musicians joining Wonder on this track - quite a bit considering he played many parts himself. Stevie was one of the few artists to list his musicians on his albums (something he gleaned out of respect for the Motown players), so we know who played what on this song. The credits are:
Bobbi Humphrey – flute
George Benson – guitar and background vocals
Hank Redd – alto saxophone
Raymond Maldonado – trumpet
Trevor Laurence – tenor saxophone
Steve Madaio – trumpet
Nathan Alford, Jr. – percussion
Carmello Hungria Garcia – timbales
Stevie Wonder – lead vocal and background vocals, piano, drums
Nathan Watts – bass
Josie James – background vocals
That's Jazz flautist Bobbi Humphrey playing the flute at the end. She was named Best Female Instrumentalist by Billboard magazine in 1976.
Wonder played a bit of this song when he joined Daft Punk, Nile Rogers and Pharrell Williams for a performance of "Get Lucky
" at the 2014 Grammy Awards.
This was used as the BBC's theme tune for its coverage of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The inclusion of the song in the BBC's coverage is said to be the first time that Wonder has allowed his music to be used in such a way.