Author: Stevie Wonder

Stevland Hardaway Morris—better known by his stage name Stevie Wonder—(b. 1950 as Stevland Hardaway Judkin) is an American singer and songwriter who has recorded more than 30 top-ten hits and has received 22 Grammy Awards. From Saginaw, Michigan, Wonder was born blind, but took early to music, learning to play the piano, harmonica, drums, and bass as a child. At age 11, he signed with Motown Records as “Little Stevie Wonder,” and, two years later, his song “Fingertips (Pt. 2)” reached the top of the popular music charts. In 1981, he wrote and released the song “Happy Birthday” to rally support for a national holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.—which it did, with Congress enacting the necessary legislation two years later.

Happy Birthday

Stevie Wonder

In 1981, the immensely talented and popular American singer and songwriter known on stage as Stevie Wonder (born in 1950 as Stevland Hardaway Judkins; he changed his surname to Morris) wrote and released this song in protest against the opposition to having a national holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.