For Once In My Life

Paul Williams of the Temptations, singing For Once In My Life by Ron Miller and Orlando Murden.  The tune was originally composed for the Motown label, and Stevie Wonder’s version made it famous, but it has been performed and recorded by a variety of other outstanding artists.  This live rendition, Williams’s most famous, is from […]

Jackson Five Rehearsal, 1970

If you have been involved in producing music for stage or recordings, you are probably well familiar with the trials and tribulations of rehearsal–especially when your bandmates have trouble focusing and a penchant for doodling around.  Or is that diddling?  Either way, I’m quite reassured to know that an act as high-quality and successful as […]

Stevie Wonder – I Don’t Know Why, For Once In My Life

Wow — the difference in quality in writing and composition between these two songs is pretty staggering, but Stevie absolutely was learning as he went.  The return of Diana Ross in this one, for those who were wondering what was about to happen after that last clip a few days ago. If you can see […]

Stevie Wonder – My Cherie Amour

The goodness just keeps coming.  Here’s more Stevie, live in his youth: If you can see this, then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install Flash Player if it’s missing. Get Flash Player from Adobe. More tongue-clicking at 1:29!  And he looks like he’s sitting particularly low at the keyboard; […]

Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross – I’m Gonna Make You Love Me

If you can see this, then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install Flash Player if it’s missing. Get Flash Player from Adobe. Stevie’s a bit of a diva here, but he’s also relatively young and probably excited as hell!  That head shaking vibrato isn’t a great habit though — […]

Marvin Gaye, a cappella

This is almost beyond description. Simply unbelievable to hear this — not sure where it came from though! The track is “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.” There’s no question of the pure energy of this singer, nor his incredible vocal control. Listen to the strength and richness of his falsetto (and weep for his […]