I never have understood how this Stevie Wonder tune got lost in the shuffle.
Its main claim to fame is as the b-side to “My Cherie Amour”, which, to my ears, doesn’t hold a candle to it.
As tasty as that is, check out this remarkable live version of the song:
Nineteen. Years. Old. (That little thing he does at the 1:18 mark slays me.)
By the way, the Stones covered this shortly after Stevie released it. It’s good, but not as good, if you get my meaning. But it’s historically significant for a couple of reasons: it’s the first thing they cut with their new guitarist, Mick Taylor, and as they were laying down the tracks, they learned of Brian Jones’ death.
4 responses to “Musical palate cleanser, shoulda been big edition”
Wow. Stevie’s Otis Redding song. It does seem it would have been perfect fodder for the Stones, too, no wonder they grabbed it so quickly. Thanks for posting!
Considering the volume of music Wonder was releasing at that time – much of it really good – not every track became a promoted single. Here’s one I like that sure seems like it could have been a hit.
Back during this time, many of these shows had the artists lip synch the song they were there to promote, and most times it was painfully obvious. The little laugh he does at 1:18 is proof that his performance is authentic…not that he needed to do that just to prove that. 🙂
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I loves me some 1970’s sounds