Stevie Wonder

You Are the Sunshine of My Life

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Song Review by Ed Hogan

In 1970, Stevie Wonder came up with a chord progression on the electric piano that appealed to him. It was a peculiar riff that revolved around the A flat/B flat scales. Shaping it into the classic ballad "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," the singer/songwriter/producer saved it until he began recording tracks that would become his Talking Book LP. It's unusual in that the first vocals heard are not those of Wonder, but those of singers Jim Gilstrap ("Swing Your Daddy") and Gloria Barley. "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" went to number one pop, number three R&B, and number one adult contemporary in the spring of 1973. Nominated for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year, it won a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. The Talking Book album stayed at number one R&B for three weeks, going to number one pop, and also yielded "Superstition," "Maybe Your Baby," and "You and I."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Talking Book 1972 Motown 2:59
No Image 1973
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Motown
Original Musiquarium I 1982 Motown 2:51
No Image 1983
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No Image 1984
Various Artists
Motown
No Image 1985
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MGM
No Image 1990
Various Artists
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Motown Year By Year: The Sound of Young America, 1973 1995
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Motown 2:52
Song Review: A Greatest Hits Collection 1996 Motown 2:56
At the Close of a Century 1999 Motown 2:59
Ballad Collection 1999 Motown / Universal International 2:52
Motown Chartbusters, Vols. 7-12 [Box Set] 1999
Various Artists
Polygram 2:54
Motown Chartbusters, Vol. 8 2001
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:54
The Definitive Collection 2002 Motown 2:52
The Complete Stevie Wonder 2005 Motown / Universal 2:50
Number 1's 2007 Motown 2:57
Christmas & Hits Duos 2008 Motown 2:57
Motown: The Complete #1s 2008
Various Artists
Motown 2:51
Motown 50 Fanthology 2009
Various Artists
Motown 2:55
Motortown Review 2009
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:54
No Image 2014 Universal
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Universal 2:50
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Universal 2:50
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Love Song Dedications [Universal]
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Love Songs 2021 [January 21, 2021]
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Love Songs [2021]
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Universal 2:50
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Universal 2:50
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Universal 2:50
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Soul Searching
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Summer in the City
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The Greatest Love Songs of the '70s
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Time Life 2:53
The Seventies [Universal]
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Universal 2:58
Valentin-napi Retro Válogatás 2021
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Universal 2:50
Valentines Day 2021 [January 29, 2021]
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Universal 2:50
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Universal 2:50
Wedding 2020
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Universal 2:50
Wedding Hits 2020
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Universal 2:58