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Steveland Judkins Morris was born on May 13 1950 in Saginaw Michigan He is more popularly known as Stevie Wonder Stevie was blinded shortly after birth His blindness was caused by a medical accident when he was born He had to be put in an incubator and he didnt get enough air In 1954 his family moved to Detroit He developed his musical talent early in his life By the age of 11 years old he could play the harmonica and piano and he was a talented singer Stevie was introduced to Motowns Berry Gordy who recognized Stevies talents He was signed to Motown in 1962 and he was given the stage name Little Stevie Wonder He later grew out of this nickname and dropped the little Stevie had success with his single Fingertips Part 2 in 1963 By the time he was 18 Wonder had released hits such as Uptight Nothings Too Good for My Baby I Was Made to Love Her and For Once in My Life He followed that up with more hits like My Cherie Amour which went platinum in 1969 and Signed Sealed Delivered Im Yours in 1970 In 1970 Wonder married Syreeta Wright After two years of marriage they divorced In 1971 at age 21 Stevie bought recording equipment and started a small recording company He used two albums that he recorded independently to negotiate with Motown Since he was now 21 he could get a new contract that allowed him more freedom and more money He began experimenting with use of the synthesizer A serious automobile accident in 1973 almost claimed his life The accident did take his sense of smell away Talking Book was an album that he released in 1972 which included You Are the Sunshine of My Life and Superstition These were two very big hits Innervisions released in 1973 included a hit song called Higher Ground Fulfillingness First Finale in 1974
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