A prominent figure in popular music during the second-half of the 20th century, Wonder is one of the most successful songwriters and musicians. He also helped drive the genre into the album era , crafting his LPs as cohesive, consistent socially conscious statements with complex compositions. Wonder is often hailed as a " genius ", and has been credited as a pioneer and influence to musicians of various genres including rhythm and blues , pop , soul , gospel , funk and jazz. Blind since shortly after his birth, Wonder was a child prodigy known as Little Stevie Wonder , leading him to sign with Motown 's Tamla label at the age of In , the single " Fingertips " was a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot when Wonder was 13, making him the youngest artist ever to top the chart.
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Blind from birth and raised in inner-city Detroit, he was a skilled musician by age eight. But Wonder was much more than a freakish prepubescent imitation of Ray Charles , as audiences discovered when he demonstrated his prowess with piano, organ , harmonica, and drums. Music of My Mind made his concerns even more plain. Although still only in his mids, Wonder appeared to have mastered virtually every idiom of African-American popular music and to have synthesized them all into a language of his own.
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Go to full News Section. Go to Discography Section. Go to Awards Section. Go to Multimedia Section. Stevie Wonder - Home Stevie Wonder has had a unique career as a singer, composer, instrumentalist, performer and humanitarian. After his early years with Motown, who signed him up as 'Little Stevie Wonder' aged eleven, he gradually released a striking array of innovative music that would influence the world of contemporary music as we know it today. Born in , two months premature, Stevie was placed in an incubator for life support. However an excess of oxygen resulted in the scarring and detachment of his retina leading to a condition known as Retinopathy of Prematurity.