In my never-ending quest for new music, I’ve been trawling through the seventies.
And finding some interesting stuff.
For example – I’ve always known Stevie Wonder was an amazingly talented guy. A top-notch multi-instrumentalist and one of Motown’s greatest talents from the sixties to the eighties, and – this is rare – an artist whose “mega-sales” period came after he’d been an artistic trailblazer for a couple of decades, he’s one of those musicians who I just know I’m supposed to like.
As, indeed, I do – having worked at a slew of oldies stations during my radio career, I always liked his Motown output, as well as his stuff from the early to mid seventies – at least, the stuff that made it on the radio. And that’s all notwithstanding the fact that by the time I discovered him he was well into the least interesting but by far most profitable part of his career – his “Ebony and Ivory” / “That’s What Friends Are For” / “Part Time Lover” phase of his career.
So poking around the web the other day, I found this; a mini concern from French TV from 1974, when Wonder was 24 and had already been a star half his life. It bounces around through a bunch of styles, jams a lot, and is…
…well, just listen.
By the way – the black guy with the Les Paul? That’;s Ray “Who Ya Gonna Call?” Parker, Junior.