Friday, January 20, 2012
American Top 40 Flashback - "I Wish"
It may seem crazy to say something like this, but there are times when I wonder if Stevie Wonder (no pun intended) is underrated. The sheer depth and breadth of his musical journey is astonishing, beginning with his incarnation as "Little Stevie Wonder" through the elder statesman who can still kill it, even today.
Even if you only considered Wonder's output in the 1970s, he is the very definition of a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He's almost like the Willie Mays of rock music. Can hit, hit with power, field, and do it all with undeniable charisma.
He may have hit a creative high peak with "Songs in the Key of Life," released late in 1976. This was the first single from the album, and it rocketed straight to #1, as it deserved to.
The great Stevie Wonder, with "I Wish" - the number #1 song this week in 1977.