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AG 23-25: Stevie Wonder In The 1960s, 6/19/2023

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow series | 59:00

Before his classic period in the 1970s, “Little” Stevie Wonder was a teenager trying to find his sound. We explore the highs and lows of his first decade in the music industry, blending pop, jazz, soul, and the Great American Songbook.

Foronceinmylife_small There was a period of time in the mid 1970s when Stevie Wonder could seemingly do wrong—his so-called “classic period.” But before this, he was known as “Little” Stevie Wonder, a multi-talented teenager signed to Motown Records still discovering his voice. And that’s my focus this week. The 1960s for Stevie Wonder is an interesting chapter in pop music history, as Motown Records tried to figure out how to market the young phenom, while Stevie tried to develop his own sound. It’s a journey of hits and misses through pop, soul, jazz, and the Great American Songbook.