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Monday, August 7, 2023

Stevie Wonder | Recorded after Musikladen #10 - 1974-01-23


A gig of Stevie Wonder after the tv show "Musikladen" #10, Radio Bremen, on January 23rd 1974.  Setlist:  1. I'm So Glad To Be Alive 2. Instrumental 3. Higher Ground 4. Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing 5. I Can See The Sun In Late December 6. He's Misstra Know It All

Stevland Hardaway Morris (né Judkins; born May 13, 1950), known professionally as Stevie Wonder, is an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. A prominent figure in popular music during the second half of the 20th century, Wonder is one of the most successful songwriters and musicians. A virtual one-man band, his use of synthesizers and further electronic musical instruments during the 1970s reshaped the conventions of R&B. He also helped drive the genre into the album era, crafting his LPs as cohesive, consistent socially conscious statements with complex compositions. Wonder is often hailed as a "genius", and has been credited as a pioneer and influence to musicians of various genres including rhythm and blues, pop, soul, gospel, funk and jazz.

Blind since shortly after his birth, Wonder was a child prodigy known as Little Stevie Wonder, leading him to sign with Motown's Tamla label at the age of 11. In 1963, the single "Fingertips" was a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 when Wonder was 13, making him the youngest artist ever to top the chart. Wonder's critical success was at its peak in the 1970s. His "classic period" began in 1972 with the releases of Music of My Mind and Talking Book, the latter featuring "Superstition", which is one of the most distinctive and famous examples of the sound of the Hohner Clavinet keyboard. His works Innervisions (1973), Fulfillingness' First Finale (1974) and Songs in the Key of Life (1976) all won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, making him the tied-record holder for the most Album of the Year wins, with three. He is also the only artist to have won the award with three consecutive album releases.

HIGHER GROUND

Are you ready? (yeah)Can we do this? (yeah)Here we goBattete le mani con meBattete le mani con meEverybody clap your hands
People keep on learnin'Soldiers keep on warnin'World keep on turnin''Cause it won't be too long
Powers keep on lyin', yeahWhile your people keep on dyin'World keep on turnin''Cause it won't be too longOh, no
I'm so darn glad He let me try it again'Cause my last time on earth, I lived a whole world of sinI'm so glad that I know more than I knew thenGonna keep on tryin''Til I reach my highest ground
Lovers keep on lovin'Believers keep on believin', um yeahSleepers just stop sleepin''Cause it won't be too long, oh, yeah, yeahOh, yeah, yeah, yeah
I'm so darn glad He let me try it again'Cause my last time on earth, I lived a whole world of sinI'm so glad that I know more than I knew thenGonna keep on tryin''Til I reach my highest ground, whoo
'Til I reach my higher ground, oh noNo one's gonna bring me downThey're sure gonna try
I'm gonna go higher (higher)Higher (higher)Higher (higher)Higher (higher)Higher (higher)Higher (higher)Higher (higher)Higher (higher)Higher (higher)Higher (higher)Ooh, ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh(Higher) HigherHigher (higher)Higher (higher), yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Don't you let nobody take you to a low levelJust keep on and keep on until you reach higher groundDon't you let nobody take you to some low, low levelJust keep on and keep on until you reach higher groundAnd a high, and a howGrazie

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