Stevie Wonder: Facts, Trivia, Things You Didn't Know About The Funk Legend

By | May 9, 2020

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Stevie Wonder circa 1970. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

With songs like "Superstition," "I Wish," and "Boogie On Reggae Woman," Stevie Wonder revolutionized R&B, but how well do you know the Stevie Wonder story? The facts of his life and trivia are fascinating, from his rise as "Little" Stevie Wonder to his choice to be a funk rebel -- and of course his status today as one of the great innovators in popular music. Over the course of his 70 years, he's changed how record contracts are made and lost his sense of smell. It's been a strange and inspiring story for Stevie Wonder.

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Little Stevie Wonder made noise in the music business before he hit high school

They say that prodigies are born not made. In the case of Steveland Hardaway Judkins, more commonly known as Stevie Wonder, it was a bit of both. Stevie Wonder was born six weeks prematurely into a family with little musical talent. That stunted the growth of blood vessels in the back of his eyes. The premature birth coupled with the oxygen that was pumped into his incubator worsened his condition, leaving him blind. Who’s to say whether the gift of sight would have affected Stevie Wonder’s musical genius but we all know how it turned out.