Stevie Wonder was clearly a genius, and proved it in 1963 with his #1 hit "Fingertips (Part 2)
," which was taken from an impromptu live recording. Motown Records put plenty of promotion behind him (getting him appearances in the movies Muscle Beach Party
and Bikini Beach
), but they couldn't get his talent to come across in a studio recording.
With the top Motown producers passing on Stevie, it was looking bleak until he started working with Sylvia Moy and Henry Cosby. Moy had Stevie play her different song ideas he had come up with, but wasn't impressed with any of them. Pressing to make sure he didn't have anything else, Wonder reluctantly played her something he had been working on: a ditty where he sang, "Everything is alright, uptight." Moy likes what she heard and helped him develop the song along with Cosby. The song went to #3 in the US and from that point forward, Wonder was a regular at the top of the charts.