It is “Flashback Friday guys and dolls and time to lay down some R&B, Soul, Funk and Dance tracks to relive the days when music captured to mind, your body and soul.
Before we get into some R&B, Soul, Funk, Disco and Dance tracks, I would like to say that today is the funeral of “The Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin’s funeral. As to be expected it is a star full event with both music and religious icons. May she Rest In Power (RIP).
Without any further delay let us jump right in.
Stevland Hardaway Morris, was born in Michigan in 1950. He was not born blind but like a lot of premature babies, things can go wrong and they did. Being born premature and placed in an oxygen enriched atmosphere in the incubator, Stevland contracted retrolental fibroplasia. A disease of the eye that affects premature babies. Stevie Wonder as we know him today was not born blind but became blind right after birth.
Stevie signed his first contract at the age of 11, with Tamla Motown and has gone on to entertain us with his capacity to learn where he spent most of his career. At that time he was already playing a variety of instruments.
His musical career like most of the other Soul and R&B Superstars started out singing in a church. What is really interesting and what made him a child prodigy is he learned all of the instruments he played at the time, the harmonica, drums and the piano, before the age of ten by himself.
Here is Stevie Wonder with “I Just Called To Say I Love You.”