Sir Duke

Album: Songs In The Key Of Life (1976)
Charted: 2 1
  • Music is a world within itself
    With a language we all understand
    With an equal opportunity
    For all to sing, dance and clap their hands
    But just because a record has a groove
    Don't make it in the groove
    But you can tell right away at letter A
    When the people start to move

    They can feel it all over
    They can feel it all over people
    They can feel it all over
    They can feel it all over people

    Music knows it is and always will
    Be one of the things that life just won't quit
    But here are some of music's pioneers
    That time will not allow us to forget
    For there's Basie, Miller, Sachmo
    And the king of all Sir Duke
    And with a voice like Ella's ringing out
    There's no way the band can lose

    You can feel it all over
    You can feel it all over people
    You can feel it all over
    You can feel it all over people
    You can feel it all over
    You can feel it all over people
    You can feel it all over
    You can feel it all over people
    You can feel it all over
    You can feel it all over people
    You can feel it all over
    You can feel it all over people
    You can feel it all over
    You can feel it all over people
    You can feel it all over

    I can feel it all over-all over now people
    Can't you feel it all over
    Come on let's feel it all over people
    You can feel it all over
    Everybody-all over people

Comments: 11

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 27th 1977, "Sir Duke" by Stevie Wonder entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #74; seven weeks later on May 15th, 1977 it would peak at #1 {for 3 weeks} and spent 17 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on May 22nd, 1977 it also reached #1 {for 1 week} on Billboard R&B Singles chart...
    Between 1963 and 2005 he had sixty-five Top 100 records; twenty-eight made the Top 10 with ten reaching #1*...
    He just missed having two more #1 records when "I Was Made to Love Her" {1967} and "For Once in My Life" {1968} both peaked at #11...
    * Two of his #1s were collaborations; "Ebony and Ivory" with Paul McCartney {1982} and "That's What Friends Are For" with Dionne Warwick and Friends {1985}.
  • Roman from Modesto, CaVery little is known about Sodarisa Miller except for the fact that she cut thirteen sides for Paramount Records in 1924 and 1925. Some of her records had her billed as "Sodarissa". Apparantly Paramount thought that they had found their new Bessie Smith but due to their poor recording techniques the listener might be quick to judge not so. Sodarisa cut one more record for Victor in 1926 with Hersal Thomas on piano that did give her a better sound. But the label soon dropped her due to the fact that it only sold 5,000 copies, when it was easy for Columbia to sell a Bessie Smith record at 15,000 copies. She was never heard from again. I'm pretty sure that Stevie was referring to Glen Miller in this song though
  • Matthew from Bardstown, KyThe song was written in tribute to Duke Ellington, the influential jazz legend who had died in 1974. The lyrics also refer to Count Basie, "Glenn Miller", Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.
  • Jessie Steele from Bartlett, Tnthis is probably my favorite stevie wonder song
    its so fun
  • David from Deerfield Beach, FlPosted on 11/7/2007. My favorite Stevie Wonder song hands down. Great song.
  • Lalah from Wasilla, AkI thought Miller was for Glen Miller too. Anybody who ever heard Ella Fitzgerald sing beebop knows the horn rifts are mimicing her.
  • Rochelle from Dallas,q, TxLead guitar on this track is played by 'Mike' Sembello, also known as MICHAEL SEMBELLO, the same guy who did "MANIAC" from the Flashdance soundtrack.
  • Khalifa from Reading, EnglandThis is my favourite stevie track, fills me with hope and happiness. A great song to pick oneself up after a bad day. AND WHAT A HORN LINE!
  • Frank from Morenci , AzOh yeah...Sir Duke had a great horn line intro
  • Jerry from Brooklyn, NyI have no idea who Sodarisa Miller might be, but in the context of the others mentioned I have no doubt he was referring to Glen Miller. the Big Band leader who died in a military plane crash near the end of World War II. Stevie Wonder shows great respect for the roots of R&B, soul and rock -- something that a lot of today's artists seem to miss. They act as if they are not drawing on the works of those who came before them. Stevie Wonder knows better.
  • Anitra from Greenville, ScThe best horn line EVER!
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