That night Stevie Wonder and his band stopped by:
There’s a lot going on in this clip. It’s pretty good.
Ray Charles + Stevie Wonder, doing one of Stevie’s funk songs, with neither of their bands, for an awards show. It looks like the late 80’s with plastic keyboards and big hair but the talent is so great it works out just fine.
Also since Ray’s R&B big band really doesn’t do the early 70’s funk groove that this song was originally cut in, for this era they turned into a disco-tempo gospel style romp. It’s reframes the song nicely.
Imagine if these two ever did a full record together….
Stevie Wonder is a monster musical genius, capable of perfection at every angle. Tribute shows are the big thing now, and I’m not complaining. Anytime someone can throw down the cash needed to properly work these songs up and make other famous artists step up to the plate and deliver some classic material, magic can happen. This ain’t a laptop DJ.
So I found two great Stevie tributes online. Both feature amazing lineups, great setlists, perfect playing, Stevie himself lending a hand or two, and plenty of amazing moments.
I can’t decide which one is better.
Great song by Stevie Wonder, going back to 1974 for some joyful breakup blues:
Witness the awesome power of music. Tissue please.
The Beatles vs. Stevie Wonder.
I have no pick, there is no first place. Just thinking out loud, who had a better career, who is more top of line to you…. ?
Tribute month continues…
Had to double post this — a total powerhouse performance. Just wow.
If this doesn’t inspire you to get off your ass and do something what possibly could?