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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." (thanks, Brett - Edmonton, Canada)
The baby crying in the beginning is Aisha. Also, in the end of the song, Stevie says, "Come on, Aisha. Get out of the water, Baby," which is a memorable moment with Stevie and his daughter.
Wonder had Aisha with Yolanda Simmons, who he mentions near the end of the song: "Londi it could have not been done, without you who conceived the one." (thanks, Annabelle - Eugene, OR)
Wonder performed the harmonica part, which was mostly improvised. It came out sounding very good.
This appears in the 2003 Cuba Gooding Jr. film The Fighting Temptations. (thanks, Brett - Edmonton, Canada, for above 2)
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.
Twenty-one years later in 1997, this song became a #1 hit on the AC, Pop, and Jazz charts for Singer/songwriter, Guitarist and Jazz Musician Livingston Taylor, the younger brother of the popular singer/songwriter and guitarist James Taylor. Livingston Taylor's cover version of this song appears on his million-selling award-winning 1997 album Ink. (thanks, Annabelle - Eugene, OR)
American Idol finalist Clay Aiken performed this on the TV show Scrubs in the Episode "My Life in Four Cameras." (thanks, Logan - Troy, MT)
This was never released as a single by Stevie, despite Motown's requests, as he didn't want to edit down to a radio-friendly length.
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.
The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in May 2011 when a cover by The Glee Cast debuted at #65.
You may not recognize his name, but you will certainly recognize Peter Lord's songs. He wrote the bevy of hits from Paula Abdul's second album, Spellbound
, plus a collection of other classics for the likes of Aftershock, Ali and Goodfellaz.
Gary Lewis and the Playboys had 7 Top-10 hits despite competition from The Beatles. Gary talks about the hits, his famous father, and getting drafted.
dUg Pinnick of King's X
dUg dIgs into his King's X metal classics and his many side projects, including the one with Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam.