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Songs in the Key of Life

Songs in the Key of Life is a landmark album by Stevie Wonder, released on September 28, 1976 (see 1976 in music). A highly ambitious and experimental double LP, Songs in the Key of Life became one of the best-selling albums of his career.

Songs in the Key of Life won a Grammy Award for Pop Male Vocal[?] and Album of the Year. The album also topped Billboard's Pop Albums and Black Albums charts.

Track listing

  1. Love's in Need of Love Today (Wonder) - 7:05
  2. Have a Talk With God (Hardaway/Wonder) - 2:42
  3. Village Ghetto Land (Byrd/Wonder) - 3:25
  4. Contusion (Wonder) - 6:23
  5. Sir Duke (Wonder) - 3:45
  6. I Wish (Wonder) - 3:54
  7. Knocks Me off My Feet (Wonder) - 4:12
  8. Pastime Paradise (Wonder) - 3:36
  9. Summer Soft (Wonder) - 3:27
  10. Ordinary Pain (Wonder) - 4:14
  11. Isn't She Lovely (Wonder) - 6:34
  12. Joy Inside My Tears (Wonder) - 6:29
  13. Black Man (Byrd/Wonder) - 8:29
  14. Ngiculela-Es Una Historia-I Am Singing (Wonder) - 3:48
  15. If It's Magic (Wonder) - 3:12
  16. As (Wonder) - 7:08
  17. Another Star (Wonder) - 8:28
  18. Saturn (Sembello/Wonder) - 4:53
  19. Ebony Eyes (Wonder) - 4:08
  20. All Day Sucker (Wonder) - 5:05
  21. Easy Goin' Evening (My Mama's Call) (Wonder) - 3:56

Personnel

  • Greg Brown - Drums
  • Deniece Williams - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Minnie Riperton - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Dorothy Ashby - Harp
  • George Benson - Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar, Vocals
  • Ronnie Foster - Organ
  • Herbie Hancock - Keyboards, Handclapping
  • Bobbi Humphrey - Flute
  • Gary Byrd - Vocals
  • Michael Wycoff - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Larry Scott - Sound Effects
  • Michael Sembello - Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar
  • Carol Cole - Percussion
  • Bobbye Hall - Percussion
  • Tony Warren - Illustrations
  • Sneaky Pete Kleinow - Pedal Steel
  • Jay Boy Adams - Vocals
  • Nathan Alford, Jr. - Percussion
  • Henry America - Vocals
  • Linda America - Vocals
  • Baradras - Vocals
  • Brenda Barnett - Vocals
  • Andrew Berliner - Mastering
  • Khalif Bobatoon - Vocals
  • Starshemah Bobatoon - Vocals
  • Sudana Bobatoon - Vocals
  • George Bohannon - Trombone
  • Charles Brewer - Percussion, Programming, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Shirley Brewer - Percussion, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr), Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
  • Ben Bridges - Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm), Sitar
  • Berry Briges - Vocals
  • Cecilia Brown - Vocals
  • Eddie "Bongo" Brown - Percussion
  • Jean Brown - Vocals
  • Rodney Brown - Vocals
  • Colleen Carleton - Percussion, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Addie Cox - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Agnideva Dasa - Vocals
  • Duryodhana Guru Dasa - Vocals
  • Jayasacinandana Dasa - Vocals
  • Jitamrtyi Dasa - Vocals
  • Vedavyasa Dasa - Vocals
  • Cinmayi Dasi - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Yogamaya Dasi - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Carolyn Dennis - Vocals (bckgr)
  • Bhakta Eddie - Vocals
  • Doe Rani Edwards - Vocals
  • Jacqueline F. English - Vocals
  • Ethel Enoex - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Al Jocko Fann - Vocals
  • Barbara Fann - Vocals
  • Melani Fann - Vocals
  • Shelley Fann - Vocals
  • Tracy Fann - Vocals
  • Howard Buzzy Feiten - Guitar
  • Glen Ferris - Trombone
  • John Fischbach - Percussion, Programming, Vocals (bckgr), Engineer
  • Susie Fuzzell - Vocals
  • Carmelo Garcia - Percussion, Timbales
  • Anthony Givens - Vocals
  • Audrey Givens - Vocals
  • Derrick Givens - Vocals
  • Mildred Givens - Vocals
  • Michael Lee Gray - Vocals
  • Mimi Green - Vocals
  • Susaye Greene Brown - Vocals
  • Bhakta Gregory - Vocals
  • Renee Hardaway - Percussion, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • John Harris - Sound Effects
  • Jeania Harris - Vocals
  • John Harris - Programming
  • Troy Harris - Vocals
  • Nelson Hayes - Percussion, Sound Effects, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Terry Hendricks - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Bruce Hensal - Assistant Engineer
  • David Henson - Vocals, Handclapping
  • Jim Horn - Saxophone
  • Don Hunter - Programming, Sound Effects
  • Adrian Janes - Vocals
  • Josie James - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Calvin Johnson - Vocals
  • Carol Johnson - Vocals
  • Patricia Johnson - Vocals
  • Madelaine Jones - Vocals
  • Bhakta Kevin - Vocals
  • Phillip Kimble - Vocals
  • James Lambert - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Larry Latimer - Percussion, Vocals
  • Lynda Laurence - Vocals
  • Linda Lawrence - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Trevor Lawrence - Saxophone, Sax (Tenor)
  • Irma Leslie - Vocals
  • Kim Lewis - Vocals
  • Howie Lindeman - Assistant Engineer
  • Carl Lockhart - Vocals
  • Gail Lockhart - Vocals
  • Steve Madaio - Trumpet
  • Raymond Maldonado - Percussion, Trumpet
  • Carolyn Massenburg - Vocals
  • Amale Mathews - Percussion, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Artice May - Vocals
  • Charity McCrary - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Linda McCrary-Campbell - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Linda McCrary - Vocals
  • Lonnie Morgan - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Kim Nixon - Vocals
  • Lisa Nixon - Vocals
  • Larri Nuckens - Vocals
  • Gary Olazabal - Engineer
  • Edna Orso - Percussion, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Dean Parks - Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar
  • Gwen Perry - Vocals
  • Greg Phillinganes - Keyboards
  • Raymond Lee Pounds - Drums
  • Hank Redd - Saxophone, Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor)
  • Gregory Rudd - Vocals
  • Rukmini - Vocals
  • Yolanda Simmons - Vocals, Handclapping
  • Keith Slaughter - Vocals
  • Rosona Starks - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Dennis Swindell - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Sundray Tucker - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Josette Valentino - Percussion, Vocals (bckgr), Handclapping
  • Gary Veney - Vocals
  • W.G. Snuffy Walden - Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar
  • Sheryl Walker - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Marietta Waters - Percussion, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Nathan Lamar Watts - Bass, Percussion, Vocals
  • Mary Lee Whitney - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Stevie Wonder - Harmonica, Arranger, Keyboards, Programming, Vocals, Producer
  • Syreeta Wright - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Rick Smith - Assistant Engineer
  • Ray Pound - Drums
  • Michael Gray - Vocals
  • Chris Morris - Assistant Engineer
  • Jeff Sanders - Mastering
  • Susaye Greene - Vocals
  • Nathan Watts - Bass, Vocals (bckgr), Handclapping
  • William Moore - Vocals
  • Greg Brown - Drums
  • Rick Smith - Assistant Engineer
  • Fountain Jones - Programming

Charting singles

 1976	Another Star	Club Play Singles	        No. 2
 1977	Sir Duke	Adult Contemporary	        No. 3
 1977	Another Star	Pop Singles	                No. 32
 1977	I Wish	        Pop Singles	                No. 1
 1977	Sir Duke	Pop Singles	                No. 1
 1977	Another Star	Black Singles	                No. 18
 1977	As	        Black Singles	                No. 36
 1977	I Wish	        Black Singles	                No. 1
 1977	Sir Duke	Black Singles	                No. 1
 1978	As	        Pop Singles	                No. 36



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