Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder: The Cliff's Notes Version

Today pop legend Stevie Wonder turns 61 years old, and to this day he continues to thrill audiences around the world with his pop prowess and ear for a hook. And damn, 61 is pretty young, but consider he's been in music since he was all of 12, back when he released The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie in 1962.

Just yesterday, in our Rocks Off round-table discussion about our favorite Detroit artists, Houston Press staff writer Steve Jansen shouted out to Wonder, writing, "Wonder paved the way with his outer-planetary string of albums that he cut from 1972 to 1976 (starting with Music of My Mind and ending with Songs in the Key of Life) that feature him in full creative control. Aside from 1961 to 1967 John Coltrane, I have yet to be knocked upside the head by any other musician's consecutive multi-year output like I have with Wonder's."

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Craig Hlavaty
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