Stevie Wonder is an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer….who is a prominent figure in popular music….as he is one of the most successful songwriters and musicians in the history of music. Through his heavy use of electronic instruments and innovative sounds, Wonder became a pioneer and influence to musicians of various genres including pop, rhythm and blues, soul, funk and rock.
His song “My Cherie Amour“….which he performs in this video herewith….is a 1969 soul classic song sung by Motown singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder. The song was originally recorded from late 1967 to early 1968….but not released until early 1969…..which was co-written by Wonder, Sylvia Moy and Henry Cosby….as Cosby also served as producer of the song. The song, originally entitled “Oh, My Marsha”….while originally being composed about Wonder’s girlfriend while he was at the Michigan School for the Blind in Lansing, Michigan…..as all of the song’s instruments….with the exceptions of the horns and the strings….were recorded on November 8, 1967…. then on November 17 the horns and strings were added at Golden World Records….which was one year before it was acquired by Motown….and that is when Wonder’s vocals were added on January 15, 1968…. but, the song was not released until January 28, 1969…..which was due mostly to Wonder’s vocal issues. Motown placed the track’s release on hold until the issues were resolved. In the interim, Motown released material that Wonder had recorded several years prior, among them being “My Cherie Amour”. The song became a # 4 hit on both the Billboard pop and R&B singles charts in July of 1969. Wonder also released Spanish and Italian language versions entitled “Mi Querido Amor” and “My Cherie Amor”, respectively.
“You Are the Sunshine of My Life“ is a 1973 single released by Stevie Wonder which became his 3rd # 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart….while being his first # 1 on the Easy Listening chart….as it also won Wonder a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance…..and was nominated for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year. This song was the second single following “Superstition” released from the 1972 album entitled Talking Book….which stayed at # 1 on the R&B charts for three weeks. Rolling Stone ranked the song # 287 on their list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.