What an amazing life and career [lastfm]Stevie Wonder[/lastfm] has been living. Started out as the 12 year old genius and not only helped put Motown Records on the map, but in the early 1970s, along with Marvin Gaye, took some musical and political chances and made Motown more progressive and relevant. In 1962, Little Stevie Wonder performed for the first time at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Now he’s going to be inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame, June 13. That’s a big deal.
The Apollo is a historic theatre and was the place to play for African American artists from the days of jazz through the golden era of sweet soul music. If you could hold your own with that tough, knowledgeable audience, you made it. Other artists in the Apollo’s Hall of Fame include Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson and Ella Fitzgerald. Good company, Stevie.