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The Wonder Timeline

A timeline of the life of Stevie Wonder is outlined below. Hover over 'Info' button for more details.
1950 13th May Stevie is born
1954 Stevie receives his first instrument a 6-hole Harmonica
1961 Stevie signs recording contract with Motown
1963 Fingertips single reached #1 on Billboard Pop Charts
1965 Uptight album released. Uptight single hit #1 R&B and #3 Pop
1966 Down To Earth album #8R&B #72Pop
1967 I Was Made To Love Her album #7R&B #45Pop
1968 Graduated with honours from the Michigan School for the Blind
Stevie releases four albums: Someday At Christmas, Greatest Hits, Eivets Rednow, For Once In My Life
1969 Received the Distinguished Service Award from President Nixon
My Cherie Amour album peaked #3 R&B 34 Pop
1970 Marriage to Syreeta
Produced & Arranged the album Signed, Sealed, Delivered, #7R&B, 25Pop
1971 Groundbreaking album Where I'm Comin' From, deviates from the Motown standard
Second five year contract with Motown expires, Stevie does not renew immediately
Stevie meets synthesizer engineers Robert Margoulef and Malcolm Cecil in New York
1972 Music of My Mind and Talking Book albums released
Stevie tours US with The Rolling Stones ones
Produced and arranged album 'Syreeta' for Syreeta
Stevie's marriage to Syreeta ends in Divorce
1973 August 6th car accident puts Stevie in Coma for 10 days
Innervisions album release
1974 Stevie picks up 5 Grammies
Fulfillingness' First Finale album released
Produced albums for Syreeta and Minnie Riperton
18th Nov declared Stevie Wonder Day in LA
1975 Stevie picks up 5 Grammies
April 1975 Yolanda Simmons gives birth to Stevie's first child, Aisha
Stevie signs $13M contract the then largest in music industry history
1976 Songs in the Key of Life debuts at #1 on Pop and R&B charts
1977 Stevie picks up 4 Grammies. Starts work on soundtrack to movie
1979 Secret Life of Plants is released peaking at #4 on Pop and R&B charts
1980 Hotter Than July released peaking at #1 R&B #3 pop and #2 UK
Stevie embarks on campaign to make Martin Luther King's birthday a National Holiday in the UShe US
1982 Work with Paul McCartney (Ebony & Ivory) and Third World (Try Jah Love)
1983 Stevie buys LA radio station KHLH. Release Original Musiquarium greatest hits
Bill passed declaring MLK birthday a holidayliday
1984 Soundtrack to The Woman In Red movie released
I Just To Say I Love You gives Stevie his first UK #1 single
1985 Release of In Square Circle reaching #1 R&B #5 Pop
Receives an Oscar for I Just Called to Say I love You
Stevie is arrested for demonstrating against apartheid outside the South African Embassy
1986 Wins Grammy for That's What Friends Are For with Dionne, Elton and Gladys
Celebrates the first observance of MLK Day in televised event
1987 Release of Characters album peaking at #1 R&B and #17 Pop
1989 Inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1991 Release of Jungle Fever Motion Picture Soundtrack charting at #1 R&B, 24 Pop
1995 Conversation Peace release peaking at #2 R&B, #16 Pop
1996 Picks up 2 Grammys for For Your Love
Awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
1998 Performs a specially penned song at Pavrotti's War Child charity concert
1999 Boxset At The Close Of A Century released
Receives 2 Grammys for work on Hancock's album
Received the Polar Music Prize in Sweden and honoured by the Kennedy Center
2001 Stevie performs at Detroit's 300th anniversary celebration
Receives Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award
2002 Awarded the Songwriters Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award
2003 Honoured with BET Walk Of Fame Award
2004 July, Syreeta dies at age 58
Stevie receives Billboard Century Award - Lifetime Achievement
2005 Release of A Time To Love album peaking at #2 R&B, #5 Pop
2006 Stevie's mother, Lula Mae Hardaway, passes away age 74
Honoured with the National Artistic Achievement Award
2007 Honoured at the 4th Annual Alfred Mann Foundation Gala
2008 Receives The NAACP Hall of Fame Award
2009 Awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize and commissioned to write a classical piece for the Library
Designated a UN Messenger of Peace
2010 Receives France's highest honour for Arts & Literature
Receives the first Image Award presented by the American Association of People with Disabilities
Headlines Bonnaroo and Glastonbury festivals on either side of the Atlantic