STEVIE Wonder is one of music history's greats - producing hit after hit that's helped the world get down for five decades. The child prodigy made R'n'B mainstream after coming to prominence through the Motown label. Here's what we know about him... Who is Stevie Wonder, what is his background and how did he become blind? Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Stevie Wonder, real name Stevland Hardaway Morris, was born in Saginaw, Michigan on May 13, 1950, making him 67. He was the third of six children, and his parents - songwriter Lula Mae Hardaway and Calvin Judkins - divorced when he was four. He became blind shortly after birth due to the fact he was six weeks premature and vulnerable to retinopathy of prematurity while in his oxygen-rich incubator. The rapid development of his eye blood vessels caused his retinas to detach, leading him to lose his sight. Stevie began making music by playing instruments, including piano, drums and harmonica, from a young age - and formed a … [Read more...] about How old is Stevie Wonder, what are his biggest songs, has he always been blind and how did he know Aretha Franklin?
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The Respect singer died from advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type on August 16.She was surrounded by her friends and family at her home when she passed away.Details surrounding Aretha’s funeral have now emerged with the service to take place at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan a week today.The ceremony will feature many performances from the biggest stars in the music industry including Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill and Jennifer Hudson.Also expected to perform are Fantasia, Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday and Aretha’s son Edward.Proceedings will reflect the chart-topper’s strong gospel roots, and among the gospel stars performing will be Marvin Sapp and Vanessa Bell Armstrong.The Aretha Franklin Orchestra and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir are also on the programme.More than 100 pink Cadillacs are expected to line up outside the church, in homage to Aretha’s hit song Freeway Of Love in which she sings … [Read more...] about Aretha Franklin funeral: Full details emerge with Stevie Wonder amongst stars involved
Aretha Franklin, the legendary soul singer who has fallen gravely ill, has been visited at her Detroit-area home by fellow recording artist Stevie Wonder, US civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and ex-husband Glynn Turman, her publicist said. Franklin, a one-time gospel singer whose reign as the "Queen of Soul" has spanned more than 50 years, is under hospice care at her home on Tuesday, according to publicist Gwendolyn Quinn. Quinn declined to discuss the 76-year-old's ailment, but said: "She’s seriously ill.” The singer, whose hit songs include Chain of Fools and Think, has a long-standing professional relationship with Wonder, with whom she performed 13 years ago at the Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards in Pasadena, California. She and Turman were married from 1978 to 1984. In her heyday of the 1960 and 1970s, Franklin dominated the music charts with hits including I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You), (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, and Respect, a … [Read more...] about Stevie Wonder at Aretha Franklin’s bedside
Aretha Franklin has been visited at home by Stevie Wonder, U.S. civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and her ex-husband Glynn Turman. The singer, 76, a one-time gospel singer whose reign as the 'Queen of Soul' has spanned more than 50 years, is under hospice care at her home in Detroit, her publicist Gwendolyn Quinn said on Tuesday. Gwendolyn declined to discuss Aretha's ailment, but said: "She's seriously ill.'' The singer, whose hit songs include Chain of Fools and Think, has a long-standing professional relationship with Stevie Wonder, with whom she performed 13 years ago at the Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards in Pasadena, California. She and Turman were married from 1978 to 1984. Aretha's fans have been flooding social media to express their well wishes, while Beyonce and Jay Z paid tribute to the legend during one of their concerts. On Monday night the couple dedicated their performance, in Aretha's hometown of Detroit, to the singer. Beyonce said of the Respect singer: "We … [Read more...] about Aretha Franklin visited by Stevie Wonder and ex-husband Glynn Turman
LENNY Henry looked unrecognisable with a shaved head and braided locks. The actor has taken on the role of music legend Stevie Wonder for an upcoming TV show. With all his hair shaved off but for Stevie's iconic trademark braids, Lenny looks like an entirely different person. Rocking a pair of black sunnies and a sequinned tuxedo jacket, the 59-year-old could have passed for the superstar himself. The ex-husband of comedienne Dawn French was spotted filming scenes for The Lenny Henry Birthday Show in London. And the funnyman is about to hit a benchmark birthday - he'll be celebrating the big 6-0 in August. Lenny was also caught channelling other celebs beyond Stevie, including Brit grime artist Stormzy. Though viewers will have to wait until the programme airs to find out for what purpose. And his celeb impersonations are not the only transformations he's undergone lately. The comedian showed off his dramatic weight loss when he met the Queen at a reception at Buckingham Palace. … [Read more...] about Lenny Henry looks unrecognisable with a shaved head and braided locks as he takes on role of Stevie Wonder for new TV show