"Sir Duke" was Stevie Wonder's tribute to music-great Duke Ellington. He also wanted the song to be a reminder of many of the influential musicians who should be remembered (Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Glenn Miller). Wonder had previously paid tribute to Ray Charles with the 1963 LP Tribute to Uncle Ray. He did two tributes to Wes Montgomery: "Bye Bye World" on his 1968 album Eivets Rednow and George Benson recorded the Wonder song "We All Remember Wes" on his 1977 LP Weekend in LA. The session for "Sir Duke" listed bassist Nathan Watts, drummer Raymond Pounds, lead guitarist Michael Sembello, Ben Bridges on rhythm guitar, and horn players Trevor Lawrence, Hank Redd, Steve Madaio, and Ray Maldonaldo. Written and produced by Stevie Wonder, the swinging "Sir Duke" went to number one R&B and number one pop during the spring of 1977. "I Wish" was another R&B/pop chart-topper from Wonder's three-record/bonus EP set Songs in the Key of Life, which hit number one on both the R&B and pop charts. His number one R&B/Top Five pop hit "Master Blaster (Jammin')" was a kind of tribute to Bob Marley, Lee Perry, and other reggae artists.