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Isn't She Lovely by Stevie Wonder

Album: Songs In The Key Of LifeReleased: 1976Charted:
  • Wonder wrote this to celebrate the birth of his daughter, Aisha. In 2005, Aisha (last name: Morris, which is Wonder's real name) sang a duet with her dad on his song "How Will I Know." >>
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    Brett - Edmonton, Canada
  • The song opens with the crying of a just-born baby. That's not the song's subject, Aisha, but at the end of the song when Stevie says, "Come on, Aisha. Get out of the water, baby," the splashing and protests (familiar to many parents at bathtime) are really her, recorded during a memorable moment between Stevie and his daughter.

    Wonder had Aisha with Yolanda Simmons, whom he mentions near the end of the song: "Londi it could have not been done, without you who conceived the one."
  • Wonder played all of instruments on this track except some of the keyboards, which were done by Greg Phillinganes. Wonder improvised the harmonica part, which came out sounding very good.
  • The song runs 6:34 with a long fadeout where Wonder interacts with his daughter. Wonder, who had control of such matter thanks to a comprehensive contract he signed with Motown, would let the song be edited down and released as a single in America, which kept it off the Hot 100 despite being one of his most popular songs. The song was released as a single in the UK, where it was cut down to 3:26.
  • Much of the album was recorded at The Hit Factory, a legendary recording studio in New York City where John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon also recorded. Wonder was the first client at The Hit Factory, which closed in 2005.
  • In 2015, Wonder was honored with the TV special Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life - An All-Star Grammy Salute. This was performed at the ceremony by Ne-Yo, who was joined midway through the song by Aisha Morris, surprising Wonder, who didn't expect to hear his daughter's voice.
  • American Idol finalist Clay Aiken performed this on the TV show Scrubs in the Episode "My Life in Four Cameras." >>
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    Logan - Troy, MT
  • This appears in the 2003 Cuba Gooding Jr. film The Fighting Temptations. Other movies to use the song include Sea of Roses (1978) and Juwanna Mann (2002). TV series to use it include Designing Women, Doogie Howser, M.D., and Desperate Housewives.
  • A cover version by singer-songwriter and producer David Parton was a #4 hit in the UK in early 1977. Parton is best known for writing and co-producing Sweet Sensation's 1974 hit "Sad Sweet Dreamer" in 1974.

    Livingston Taylor (younger brother of James), released his version on his 1997 album, Ink.
  • The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in May 2011 when a cover by The Glee Cast debuted at #65.
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Comments: 24

I listened to this song my whole last trimester when I was carrying my daughter and listened to it at the hospital as I was having her in 1979. She is now having her first child who is also a girl. I have sent this song on to her and her husband as truly they will feel the same way. Thank you Stevie Wonder for such a beautiful heart felt song..Cynthia - St. Charles, Mo
"Stevie Wonder was giving credit to his wife, the woman who carried his beautiful daughter for nine months and gave birth to
her." Robin, there's one little problem with your comment. Yes, you're right that Londie is Aisha's mother, but she wasn't Stevie's wife. Stevie says and I quote, "Londie and I were never married." Stevie has only had two wives, Surita Wright, whom he divorced, and Karen Millard (AKA Kai), whom he's married to now. All the other women he's had in his life, including Yolanda Simmons, were just companions. So, your comment should actually read:
"Londie" is Aisha's mother. Stevie Wonder was giving credit to his companion, the woman who carried his beautiful daughter for nine months and gave birth to her."
Annabelle - Eugene, Or
Robin in Burmingham, AL, were Stevie and Londie actually married? I thought he was married to Surita Wright!Annabelle - Eugene, Or
To Jamie in Long Island, NY, if Aisha didn't cry, how do we know she wasn't stillborn? Usually, to the best of my knowledge, babies usually cry when they're born, to open up their airway. My brother cried when he was born. So this doesn't make any sense to me. If it wasn't Aisha crying, then who was it? Was some unknown baby brought into the studio and just cried on cue? If so, that seems a bit strange to me!Annabelle - Eugene, Or
In a documentary I recently saw about Wonder, Stevie revealed that it isn't Aisha crying at the beginning of the song. When she was born, she didn't cry. She was a very mellow baby, who just laid there peacefully.Jamie - Long Iland, Ny
Aisha is prob from Ayesha who was Mohammed's favorite wife...
so it's prob BOTH Arabic from North Africa, where they speak Arabic and are Muslim...and Aisha is prob an African American variation. And it probably does mean lovely.
Andrea - San Francisco, Ca
this is the sweetest song
at first i didnt realize it was about his daughter,but its soo sweet
Jessie Steele - Bartlett, Tn
Hey Clubber Lange, Ocean Gate, NJ......apparently, you thought you were being witty and unfortunately I must provide you with the definition of "lovely":
"having a beauty that appeals to the heart or mind as well as to the eye, as a person or a face."......sorry you found humor in his song.....
Andy - Long Beach, Ca
Stevie Wonder turned down Motown's request to release this song as a single (Stevie's contract gave him the final contol over which singles would be released from his albums). Good move because the album sold more copies because of that song.John - Nashville, Tn
Its funny because he's blind, so he's really saying "She's lovely, isnt she?"...No offence to a true genius...Clubber Lange - Ocean Gate, Nj
Annabel, Aisha is of Arabic origin (http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Aisha) but is also popular in Africa, especially East Africa. East Africa is the epicenter of Swahili and many words/names have tom to us through the filter of Swahili, (like Iddi Amin, Iddi is Swahili style for Eid, which is Arabic for holiday). So it is my opinion, that Aisha as a name in modern day America is moreso from East Africa than Arab origins because of the identification African Americans have with Africa.Jeremy - Omaha, Ne
Actually, per a VH1 Classic documentary, the baby crying at the beginning is from a doctor friend of Stevie's who recorded the live birth of a baby he delivered.Rochelle - Dallas,q, Tx
To Randi in West Boylston, MA, I've listened carefully to the Song "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder, and I kid you not, Aisha really does say "Eat Me!"Annabelle - Eugene, Or
One of the top "album cuts" of all time, as Stevie never actually released it as a single!Andrew - Rochester, Ny
Such a wonderful song. I don't believe she says "Eat me" though, Karl:) Does anyone know what it is Aisha says that Stevie then repeats, laughing?Randi - West Boylston, Ma
"Londie" is Aisha's mother. Stevie Wonder was giving credit to his wife, the woman who carried his beautiful daughter for nine months and gave birth to her.Robin - Birmingham, Al
The baby in this song says eat me at one point.Karl - New York City Baby, Ny
One thing that has confused me about this song is the origin and Nationality of the name Aisha. Some say it's Arabic, and some say it's African. All I know is, Aisha means life and love. And also, who in the world is Londie?Annabelle - Eugene, Or
This song was also recorded by David Parton and was a UK hit in the late 1970's.Keith Major - Bristol, England
A song that I gave to my daughter Reagan. The words say it all about how I felt when I saw my daughter for the first time.Ruben - Grove, Ok
stevie has done a great job. i have fallen in love with this song since it was sung on the
x-factor (like American/Australian idol but with age groups and vocal groups) and i cant get it out of my head it is just amazing i love it!!!!!!
great job Stevie
Lea - Brisbane, Australia
great song ..the love a parent has for their child..... sometimes it's hard to put into words Stevie as always does a great job .. excellentPete - Nowra, Australia
The reason my name is Aisha!Aisha - Springfield, Mo
Truly a "lovely" song..beautifulChantal - Liverpool, Canada
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