August 3: At Just 23, Stevie Wonder Released His 16th Album On This Date In 1973

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By Victor Trammell

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On August 3, 1973, Innervisions, the 16th studio album by the one and only Stevie Wonder, officially got its debut. This effort by Wonder was released courtesy of Tamla, a division of Motown Records.

Wonder delivered a historic album at the young age of 23. It was first popularized during the vintage stage of his career. Wonder’s Innervisions is often cited as the album, which highlighted his telling transformation from “Little Stevie Wonder.” The hit making legend’s early 1970s project showed his growth from a boy who sang sappy ballads, to a seasoned, sophisticated, and mature adult musician.

Wonder experimented with the ARP synthesizer’s state-of-the-art sound. He also provided ground-breaking music production from the T.O.N.T.O. (The Original New Timbral Orchestra) on the LP. Innervisions had a significant impact on how the contemporary soulful sounds composed and performed by Black American artists would go on to develop in the succeeding decades.

The top position of Wonder’s 16th album on the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart was number four. Additionally, it debuted at the top of the Billboard Soul LPs chart. On the 1974 Top Pop Albums list published in Billboard Magazine, it ultimately climbed number four ranking overall. It won honors in the Album of the Year and Best Engineered Non-Classical Recording categories at the 16th Grammy Awards.

The Best R&B Song honors went to Wonder’s Innervisions hit titled, “Living for the City.” One of Wonder’s best works, according to many admirers, reviewers, and colleagues, is Innervisions. The album is regarded as one of the best recording projects ever created by eminent music historians. On the list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” published in Rolling Stone Magazine, it was formerly placed favorably inside the top 40 at  number 34.

The 16th studio album by Stevie Wonder got enshrined by the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

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