Wonder at the genius of Stevie
STEVIE WONDER: A MUSICAL HISTORY BBC4, 10pm
FORGET your YouTubers and Spotify for a moment – after this you’ll be digging out your records or CDs and reminiscing about a golden age of music.
Everyone loves Stevie Wonder. Even if you think you don’t, you probably do and will certainly know most of his hits.
The 68-year-old American star has sold 100 million records and as a singer, songwriter, producer and arranger, he has an unrivalled
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With 30 US top ten hits and 25 Grammy Awards under his belt, few can compare in the history of popular music.
This one-off film is basically a gushing tribute to the singer, jam-packed with his hit music and featuring several celebrities who wax lyrical about his genius.
Scissor Sister Ana Matronic says: “The word genius gets bandied about a lot. But in the case of Stevie Wonder, hands down, unbelievable music virtuosity.”
Actor Martin Freeman is equally in awe. “He’s astoundingly good, genuinely special,” he says. “I will never stop loving him. The sheer unadulterated joy of his performance is rare.”
Singer James Morrison adds: “When I heard him sing for the first time, it changed everything I knew about music.”
Rarely does anyone get such rave reviews.
The film flashes forwards and backwards through the decades, giving us clips, concert footage and interviews with others including singers Alexander O’Neal, Beverley Knight and Corinne Bailey Rae, DJs Trevor Nelson and Norman Jay and Heaven 17’s Martyn Ware.
But mainly you’ll just appreciate an hour of TV with an inimitable soundtrack.
Stevie Wonder on stage, above, and arriving in London L in 1974, left