The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1963 was by 13 year old “Little” Stevie Wonder. Fingertips, Part 2″ was considered the “B” of the single. It was a live recording from a June 1962 revue at the Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois. Part 2 starts with “Everybody say ‘yeah!'” initiating a call and response exchange with the audience. Then Stevie’s plays his harmonica which ends with “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” The band goes into its exit music but Stevie returns for an encore to the surprise of both the band and the audience. Playing drums in the band was Marvin Gaye who would also become a Motown star.
“Fingertips; Part 2” was the number one song on the Cash Box chart for 4 weeks from July 28 – Aug. 24. It was the top song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 3 weeks. Those being from Aug. 4 – 24.
This was to be just the first of many number one hits for Stevie Wonder. He has received twenty-two Grammy Awards for his recordings over the years. He still tours occasionally. Visit his official website for tour details.
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