Songs in the Key of Life is the eighteenth album by American singer and musician Stevie Wonder. It was released on September 1976, by Tamla Records, a division of Motown; the album has been regarded by music journalists as the culmination of Wonder's "classic period" of recording. Some observers count six classic albums, some count five, others count four; the album was recorded at Crystal Sound studio in Hollywood, with some sessions recorded at the Record Plant in Hollywood, the Record Plant in Sausalito, The Hit Factory in New York City. Final mixing was performed at Crystal Sound. By 1974, Wonder was one of the most successful figures in popular music. Within a short space of time, the albums Talking Book and Fulfillingness' First Finale were all back-to-back critical successes. By the end of 1975, Wonder became serious about quitting the music industry and emigrating to Ghana to work with handicapped children, he had expressed his anger with the way that the U. S. government was running the country.
Though a farewell concert was being considered as the best way to retire, Wonder changed his decision and signed a new contract with Motown on August 5, 1975, a seven-year, seven LP, $37 million deal and gave him full artistic control, making this the largest recording deal in history at the time. An ambitious anticipated double LP with a four-song bonus EP, Songs in the Key of Life debuted at number one on the Billboard Pop Albums Chart, becoming only the third album to achieve that feat and the first by an American artist at the time; the lead single "I Wish" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The follow-up single "Sir Duke" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Songs in the Key of Life spent thirteen consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming the album with the most weeks at number one during the year, it was the second best-selling album of 1977 in the US. In 2005, Songs in the Key of Life was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Songs in the Key of Life won Album of the Year at the 19th Grammy Awards. It is the most critically acclaimed album of Wonder's career. Regarded as one of the greatest albums in the history of recorded music, many musicians have remarked on the quality of the album and its influence on their own work. Additionally, notable musicians have cited it as the greatest album of all time, it was voted number 89 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums and ranked number 57 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2002, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2005, Songs in the Key of Life was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress, which deemed it "culturally or aesthetically significant". By 1976, Stevie Wonder had become one of the most popular figures in R&B and pop music, not only in the US, but worldwide. Within a short space of time, the albums Talking Book and Fulfillingness' First Finale were all back-to-back top five successes, with the latter two winning Grammy Award for Album of the Year, in 1974 and 1975, respectively.
By the end of 1975, Wonder became serious about quitting the music industry and emigrating to Ghana to work with handicapped children. He had expressed his anger with the way that the U. S. government was running the country. A farewell concert was being considered as the best way to bring down the curtain on his career. Wonder changed his decision, when he signed a new contract with Motown on August 5, 1975, thinking he was better off making the most of his career. At the time, rivals such as Arista and Epic were interested in him; the contract was laid out as a seven-year, seven LP, $37 million deal and gave him full artistic control, making this the largest deal made with a recording star up to that point. At the beginning Wonder took a year off from the music market, with a project for a double album to be released in 1976. There was huge anticipation for the new album, scheduled for release around October 1975, it was delayed on short notice. According to Wonder, the marketing campaign at Motown decided to take advantage of the delay by producing "We're finished" T-shirts.
Work on the new album continued into early 1976. A name was chosen for the album: Songs in the Key of Life; the title would represent the formula of a complex "key of life" and the proposals for indefinite success. The album was released on September 28, 1976, after a two-year wait as a double LP album with a four-track seven-inch EP titled A Something's Extra and a 24-page lyric and credit booklet; the working title was Let's See Life the Way. Wonder recorded the great majority of the album at Crystal Sounds in Hollywood, with Gary Olazabal as engineer, studio owner John Fischbach as engineer; some material was recorded at the Record Plant in Sausalito. During a period when Crystal Sounds had a prior obligation to record another artist and Fischbach traveled to the Hit Factory in New York City to work for about six weeks but only used one basic track; as a perfectionist, Wonder spent long hours in the studio for every track he recorded. He was "not eating or sleeping, while everyone around him struggled to keep up."
According to Wonder, "If my flow is goin', I keep on until I peak." A total of 130 people worked on the album. Among the people present during the sessions, there were legendary figures of R&B, soul and jazz music – Herbie Hancock played Fender Rhodes on "As", George
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