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Stevland Hardaway Judkins, a.k.a. Steveland Morris and Stevie Wonder, is an American icon and musical genius in the areas of R&B and Pop music.
Birth and Blindness in the 1950's
As a child, he became proficient at playing the harmonica. He signed his first recording contract with Motown Records at the age of 10. Two years later, he released his first album, Little Stevie Wonder: The 12 Year Old Genius. The first single off that album, Fingertips - Pt. 2, went on to be his first million seller.
During the 60's, Stevie Wonder attended the Michigan School for the Blind. He continued recording music and renegotiated his contract with Motown to give him full artistic control.
In the 1970's, he perfected the art of playing the synthesizer and electric keyboards. He renegotiated his contract in 1976 for $13 million which was the highest negotiated contract at that time.
These two decades brought forth the advocate and philanthropist. He lead the fight to make Martin Luther King's birthday a national holiday. In 1989, he was inducted into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame.
- Stevie Wonder Biography (1950– ). Biography.com. 2007. Accessed on February 6, 2008.