Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)

Album: Music Of My Mind (1972)
Charted: 33

Songfacts®:

  • This was one of the first songs Wonder worked on with the engineers Malcolm Cecil and Robert Margouleff, who invented the TONTO synthesizer and recorded an album with the instrument in 1971 called Tonto's Expanding Head Band. Wonder, who had recently negotiated a new deal with Motown that gave him his own production and publishing companies, tracked down Cecil and Margouleff, and enlisted them to build a TONTO and assist with his recordings. The partnership was extremely productive, with the pair acting as engineers and associate producers on Wonder's albums Music Of My Mind, Talking Book, Innervisions and Fulfillingness' First Finale.

    On "Superwoman," Wonder played the TONTO along with Fender Rhodes, drums and Moog bass. He also handles all of the vocals; the only other musician on the track is Buzz Feiten on electric guitar.
  • The song is divided in two: the first part tells about Mary who tries to make her dreams of stardom come true, and the second part tells about the singer, wondering why didn't she come back when he thought she would.
  • Stevie Wonder performed the song live with Mary J. Blige on a VH1 Diva's Duets special. Appropriate, since the first sentence in the song is: "Mary wants to be a superwoman." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Matan - Ashdod, Israel, for above 2

Comments: 3

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 20th 1972, Stevie Wonder performed "Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time the song was in its first week on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart, it was at position #84; nine weeks later on July 16th it would peak at #33 {for 1 week} and it stayed on the chart for 11 weeks...
    It reached #13 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    On the same 'Bandstand' show he also performed "If You Really Love Me"; seven months earlier on October 10th, 1971 it peaked at #8 for one week.
  • Ted from Phoenix, AzIf memory serves, "Superwoman" was one of the first stereo 45s available to the general public on the Motown label. With its keyboards and soft guitar, the song has a jazzy feel to it, and I do like the lyrics, despite their almost blatant sexism.
  • John from Nashville, TnThis song is about Syreeta, his then-wife who wanted to be a star.
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