Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
“Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. And the longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of it.”
It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.
The weekend has finally arrived.
The sun has set.
The evening sky has erupted.
Let's smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.
“Blind as a result of receiving too much oxygen in the incubator as a premature baby, (Stevie) Wonder showed an early gift for music, first with a church choir in Detroit, Michigan, where he and his family had moved to when he was 4 years old, and later with a bevy of instruments, including the harmonica, piano and drums, all of which he taught himself before age 10. Stevie Wonder was just 11 years old when he was discovered by Ronnie White of the Motown band the Miracles. An audition followed with Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr., who didn't hesitate to sign the young musician to a record deal.
“Over the course of his long career, Wonder, who has been married twice and has seven children, has been honored with numerous awards. He has won 25 Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1996). In 1989, Wonder was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. More recently, in 2009, he was recognized with the Second Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.”
Wonder has had 10 number one hits on the pop charts, and 20 R&B number one hits, and album sales totaling more than 100 million units. As well as this, he has produced and collaborated with a multitude of other successful artists. Wonder plays the piano, synthesizer, harmonica, congas, drums, bass guitar, bongos, organ, melodica, and clavinet.
The legendary performer turned 64 this week. Tonight, various artists and their covers of Wonder recordings.
This next tune, also from the Innervisions album has a positive message. Saxophonist Boney James was nominated for a Grammy this year for “The Beat” that included a well-known Wonder hit.
Next up, a song about true love. The lyrics are about a love that will never die until the physically impossible takes place.
Do know what I say is true
That I'll be loving you always
Until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky---ALWAYS
Until the ocean covers every mountain high---ALWAYS
Until the dolphin flies and parrots live at sea---ALWAYS
Until we dream of life and life becomes a dream
Until the day is night and night becomes the day---ALWAYS
Until the trees and seas just up and fly away---ALWAYS
Until the day that 8x8x8 is 4---ALWAYS
Until the day that is the day that are no more
Until the day the earth starts turning right to left---ALWAYS
Until the earth just for the sun denies itself
I'll be loving you forever
Until dear Mother Nature says her work is through---ALWAYS
Until the day that you are me and I am you
Until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky
Forgive me for being trite but this remake of “As” is really nice, by saxophonist and flautist Najee.
Stevie Wonder’s first foray into show biz at a very early age had him playing the harmonica on “Fingertips.” This selection also features a harmonica. The artist is Bob James who supplied the unmistakable sound to the theme from “Taxi.”
Now a Stevie Wonder classic that could be my favorite. Wonder wrote this for his girlfriend at the time. It was released as the B-side of "I Don't Know Why (I Love You)" in March of 1969. But by June, disc jockeys had decided to flip the record over and play the B-side that eventually outdid the original single. The title is French for "My Dearest Love.” Here’s a cover by a jazz trumpeter legend.
That’s it for this week’s segment.
Have a great weekend.
Time for our close.
I’d imagine if you’re a superstar and another superstar records one of your songs, you’d be mighty impressed. This Wonder recording was #1 this week in 1973