Uptown's First Finale

Album: Uptown Special (2015)
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  • This is one of two tracks on Uptown Special that features Stevie Wonder (the other is "Crack in the Pearl, Pt. II"). The title is a play on Wonder's 1974 album Fulfillingness' First Finale.

    Ronson told The Sun: "I am the biggest Stevie Wonder fan there is. I don't know how I managed to get him on the record. I'm still in shock."

    "There's always this image that I know all these people but getting Steve involved, I just wrote a letter to his manager and sent the song and explained who I was," he added. "I said Stevie is my all-time musical hero and would be my dream to have him on this song."

    "I didn't hear back for a couple of months," Ronson continued, "then all of a sudden they were like, 'He likes the song and he wants to do it, we booked a studio in Chicago on Thursday."
  • The majority of Uptown Special's lyrics were written by the Pulitzer-winning American novelist Michael Chabo. Ronson told The Guardian: "The melody to this piece was completely inspired by the first set of lyrics that Michael sent me. And although I loved the lyrics, for some reason I kept hearing the melody as if it were being played by Stevie Wonder with his signature harmonica tone."

    "His harmonica playing can really turn me inside out, just as his singing does. Anyway, I thought what the hell and sent a 'hail-mary' letter to his manager with the song ... and a few months later, he recorded it!"
  • Stevie Wonder recorded his harmonica part in a Chicago studio while he was on tour.
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