ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: USA: STEVIE WONDER



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MORE GARLANDS FOR WONDER
This is traditionally the time of the year for handing out awards to the worthy and talented. And they don’t come much more worthy and talented than STEVIE WONDER.

Fresh from his trip to London for the BRIT Awards where he was on hand to pay tribute to his old mates THE EURYTHMICS, Wonder was back on home turf in L.A. last night, February 22, to pick up a special award for himself. Wonder was honoured by “Music Cares”, a charitable foundation designed to help musicians and artists who have fallen on hard times. Their most recent project is a retirement village designed for elderly artists and musicians.

The home will be a happy and comforting resting place for many performers and artists who failed to make much money out of a music career and came about because of the generous support of the likes of Stevie Wonder.
On hand to help Wonder celebrate his latest accolade were his old friends TONY BENNETT, producer extraordinaire QUINCY JONES and hit producer/writer/performer, KENNETH ‘BABYFACE’ EDMONDS who all paid tribute to Wonder’s genius.
DEBBIE GIBSON, BURT BACHURACH and CHRIS TUCKER also put in an appearance.
The Wonder career stretches back over three decades when the child musical prodigy, blind since birth, first dueted with his idol RAY CHARLES. He signed up with the Motown label and had a string of hits in the 1960s. But it wasn’t until the next decade that Wonder really hit his stride.
He started experimenting with his music and working with the newly emerging synthesisers. That helped him produce classic albums like Songs In The Key Of Life and Talking Book. His many hits include Sir Duke, Superstition and Happy Birthday.
In recent years his music has almost taken second stage to his tireless work for charity and to improve the world. He is a regular visitor to South Africa and supporter of NELSON MANDELA’s charities.

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