Legendary Michigan Songs

44.) Superstition - Stevie Wonder

Artist Name: Stevie Wonder
Year Inducted: 2010

“Superstition”  (S. Wonder) – Stevie Wonder;  Tamla label,  # 1 Billboard Hot 100, # 1 Billboard R&B - 1973.  Inducted in 2010.

Stevie Wonder was the opening act on the Rolling Stones' massive 1972 tour and, as a result, gained valuable exposure to large white rock audiences who might not normally have seen him in concert. Following the Stones tour, Wonder released “Talking Book”, his first Top Ten album since 1963. 

Stevie’s first choice for a single from the album was “Big Brother”, but Motown executives were adamant that “Superstition” was the stronger choice.  A year earlier, Wonder had worked with guitarist Jeff Beck and had written “Superstition” with Beck in mind. When the guitarist didn’t record the song promptly, Motown put out the song as the new Stevie Wonder single in late 1972 in advance of the release of “Talking Book”.      

In the early Seventies, ‘Soul’ music was evolving into ‘Funk’, a bass-driven, percussive form of black music. “Superstition” with its irresistible dance groove established Wonder as a leader of this new genre, and it would be the first of five # 1 singles that he would enjoy during the decade.    

Jeff Beck’s recording of “Superstition” would come out later in 1973 as part of the album “Beck, Bogart, Appice”. “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.  

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