This week Dave and I will be listening to Stevie Wonder’s signature album Songs in the Key of Life. This is a hugely successful album; Stevie Wonder received seven Grammy nominations for it, four of which he won. Songs in the Key of Life was the second best-selling album of 1977 and Stevie’s third consecutive album to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
Songs in the Key of Life represents R&B in our Musical Adventure. R&B is often used as a blanket term for genres like Funk and Soul, which appear independently on the Music Tree. Many modern artists like Beyoncé, Usher and Rihanna are described as R&B musicians, but this contemporary R&B is usually considered as a separate genre to the R&B of the pre-Disco era. We will be listening to Songs in the Key of Life until Sunday; feel free to join us.