Letters and Diary Non-Fiction posted April 27, 2021

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I Just Called To Say I Love You

Sally's Jukebox Hits #49

by Sally Law

Welcome to my jukebox. I'm counting down my all-time favorites from 50 to 1!

Music has always filled my life with happiness. It started with my little red record player, but it didn't end there. On Saturdays, I had a date with Dick Clark and American Bandstand.

My infatuation with the top billboard hits continued on with Casey Kasem and the American Top 40 Countdown, which ran from 1970 (I was fifteen) to 1988.

A dominator of the airways during those years, was R&B singer and songwriter, Stevie Wonder. He has filled my lifetime with his distinctive voice, soulful sway, and Motown sound.

Stevie has not let his blindness define him--not one iota. He is the real deal, and has had to overcome tremendous hardships every day of his life. When I want to complain about my blindness, I think of Stevie and his infectious smile.

Stevie said, "I am what I am. I love me! And I don't mean that egotistically -- I love that God has allowed me to take whatever it was that I had and to make something out of it."

Oh, that I'd be as appreciative of life and limb as he. What a marvelous person, singer, and performer.

His honors precede him:

Wonder has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He has won 22 Grammy Awards. He was the first Motown artist and second African-American musician to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song, for the 1984 film The Woman in Red. Wonder has been inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is also noted for his work as an activist for political causes, including his 1980 campaign to make Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a federal holiday in the United States. In 2009, he was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace. In 2014, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. * Source

In 1984, this song held at # 1 on the charts here and abroad, scoring number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks from October 13th to October 27th of 1984. I can say, it still has a hold on me.

"I Just Called To Say I Love You" is #49 on my Jukebox Favorites today.

May this selection inspire you to pick up the phone and call someone. I doubt Stevie Wonder ever wastes an opportunity to say-- "I love you."



*Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevie_Wonder

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