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Album: Talking BookReleased: 1972
Both Michelle and Barack Obama are huge fans of Stevie Wonder and the couple used this tune as their wedding song. As Barack Obama presented Wonder with the nation's highest award for pop music, the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, he joked that he might not even have got married without Stevie. The President quipped: "I think it's fair to say that had I not been a Stevie Wonder fan, Michelle might not have dated me, we might not have married. The fact that we agreed on Stevie was part of the essence of our courtship."
Obama first revealed his love for Stevie Wonder's music during an interview with the June 2008 edition of Rolling Stone. He said: "If I had one musical hero, it would have to be Stevie Wonder. When I was at that point where you start getting involved in music, Stevie had that run with Music of My Mind, Talking Book, Fulfillingness' First Finale and Innervisions, and then Songs in the Key of Life. Those are as brilliant a set of five albums as we've ever seen."
George Michael recorded a cover of this song in April 2011 as a wedding gift for Prince William and Kate Middleton. Michael, who was a friend of with Prince William's late mother Princess Diana, recalled on Piers Morgan's CNN show how it all came about: "The idea came to me last week... that I should perhaps kinda express my happiness at this marriage, in a way, publicly. It was an April day that happened to be like summer here in London and I was twittering and kinda got carried away and decided I was gonna make them [William and Kate] a new track... by Friday, so I've had a very busy week."
He added: "When I was a child I dreamt of singing this song in my imagination... I used to dream of singing it in the school assembly hall, but I guess this is a slightly bigger deal than that."