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Stevie Wonder’s Timeless Album ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ Celebrates its 47th Anniversary | VIDEO

Stevie Wonder (Wireimage-Getty)
Stevie Wonder (Wireimage-Getty)

*On September 28, 1976, Stevie Wonder released his 18th studio album, Songs In The Key of Life, which would go on to become his most important and influential work. Alongside Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, it became one of the most prominent albums of the decade. 

The Creation of “Songs in the Key of Life”

The album’s success catapulted Wonder to the Grammys, where he was awarded “Album of The Year.”

Songs In The Key of Life was a collaborative effort, with notable artists such as Herbie Hancock, Nathan Watts, George Benson,  Michael Sembello, Greg Phillinganes, Ray Parker Jr., Deniece Williams, and the honorable Minnie Ripperton, contributing to its creation. The album was mainly produced at Hollywood’s Crystal Sounds studio, and its impact on music history cannot be overstated.

The album spawned several chart-topping hits, including “I Wish,” “Sir Duke,” “Another Star,” and “Isn’t She Lovely.” These songs, along with many others from the album, have become timeless classics and have been sampled in numerous contemporary music productions.

Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key of Life remains a timeless masterpiece that continues to resonate with audiences worldwide.  On its 47th anniversary, fans are reminded of the profound impact of this album and its lasting legacy in music history.

Cheers to 40 Years 

In celebration of the album’s 40th anniversary in 2016, Stevie Wonder embarked on a tour where he performed the songs from Songs In The Key of Life in their entirety. Now, as we approach the 47th anniversary of this groundbreaking album, as noted by SoulTracks, fans of Stevie Wonder’s music have the opportunity to celebrate once again.

Stevie Wonder Celebrates “Higher Ground” Miracle

In addition to his musical achievements, Stevie Wonder also reached another milestone earlier this year. Fifty years ago, on May 11, the musical genius recorded a “special song” with his own written lyrics about a coming day of judgment.  

The Motown legend told Q Magazine of the “Higher Ground” recording session, “I did the whole thing in three hours. It was almost as if I had to get it done. I felt something was going to happen. I didn’t know what or when, but I felt something.” Three months after recording the song, “Higher Ground”, it brought him out of a medical coma.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington

Speaking of historic moments, it has been 60 years since the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. Reflecting on these historical events reminds us of the progress made and the importance of celebrating cultural milestones.

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