500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Stevie Wonder, 'Higher Ground'

265. Stevie Wonder, 'Higher Ground'

Writer: Wonder
Producer: Wonder
Released: Aug. '73, Tamla
14 weeks; No. 4

Wonder wrote, produced and played every instrument on "Higher Ground," which was recorded just before he was involved in a near-fatal car accident in August '73 — no, he wasn’t driving — that left him in a coma. Early in Wonder’s recovery, his road manager tried to revive him by singing the melody of "Ground" into the singer’s ear; Wonder responded by moving his fingers with the music.

Appears on: Innervisions (Motown)


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