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Do you like Stevie Wonder?

He was married to another Motown singer, Syreeta Wright. He wrote or co-wrote many songs with her.

When Stevie Wonder scored a No. 1 hit with "Superstition" on Jan. 27, 1973, it announced a new sound for the brilliantly talented full-service singer, songwriter and musician who'd go on to record a string of the decade's greatest LPs. But for Jeff Beck, the song's success was a missed opportunity.

Beck was present in the studio when Wonder wrote the track. In fact, it all started with a drumbeat Beck came up with while noodling around between takes in the studio where he'd been asked to join Wonder during the sessions for what became 1972's Talking Book album. He was already firmly established as a star in his own right, but Beck found himself at something of a crossroads at the time. Meanwhile, Wonder had begun playing virtually all the instruments on his own albums, yet still preferred working with other guitarists – so their collaboration seemed like a natural fit.

"There was a time when I was pretty bored with my music, and I think somebody at CBS asked me what I wanted to do," recalled Beck in Stuart Grundy and John Tobler's The Guitar Greats. "I said I loved Stevie's stuff, so they quietly broke it to him that I was interested in doing something together, and he was really receptive. The original agreement was that he'd write me a song, and in return, I'd play on his album, and that's where 'Superstition' came in."

Beck went into the story in a bit further detail in Annette Carson's book Jeff Beck: Crazy Fingers, saying, "One day I was sitting at the drum kit, which I love to play when nobody's around, doing this beat. Stevie came kinda boogieing into the studio: 'Don't stop.' 'Ah, c'mon, Stevie,' I can't play the drums.' Then the lick came out: 'Superstition.' That was my song, in return for Talking Book. I thought, 'He's given me the riff of the century.'"

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Love. No one is better at creating melodies
ArtieKat · M
I never knew that was the title of this song! Very good
HairbrushDiva · 31-35, F
@ArtieKat What did you think the title was?
ArtieKat · M
@HairbrushDiva Trust you to ask that lol. I never gave it any thought. I guess you heard it on Smooth?
HairbrushDiva · 31-35, F
@ArtieKat Yes. They play a lot of Stevie Wonder's songs on Smooth. I think most of the DJs like him.
Sidewinder · 36-40, M
I like many of his songs.

Superstitious, Higher Ground, I Wish, Part Time Lover, and I Just Called To Say I Love You.
Queendragonfly · 31-35, F
TAReturns · M
I was today years old when I learned they sampled this for “Wild Wild West”
HairbrushDiva · 31-35, F
@TAReturns Huh?
TAReturns · M
@HairbrushDiva I just posted the video for “Wild Wild West”. Compare the music and know that Stevie is playing in both videos
HairbrushDiva · 31-35, F
@TAReturns I can see what you mean, but I couldn't listen to much of "Wild Wild West".
Northerner · 61-69, M
Not one of my favourite singer song writers. I must say I do like Mr Know it all.
WillaKissing · 56-60
No, I never liked his voice. Sorry.
HairbrushDiva · 31-35, F
@WillaKissing Fair enough.
Musicman · 61-69, M
I am not a big fan of his.
TAReturns · M

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