Celebrate Stevie Wonder’s 70th Birthday With His 1974 Live Performance on ‘Musikladen’

Jake May on May 13, 2020
Celebrate Stevie Wonder’s 70th Birthday With His 1974 Live Performance on ‘Musikladen’


Today, May 13th, 2020, marks the great Stevie Wonder’s 70th birthday. Born in 1950, the legendary artist has released some of the most beloved albums in music history, including Talking Book (1972), Innervisions (1973) and Songs in the Key of Life (1976) and has been a massive influence on artists of many genres.

In 1974, around the time of the release of Fulfillingness’ First Finale, Wonder and his band appeared on the West German music television program, Musikladen, which ran from 1972 through 1984. The set was packed with Stevie Wonder classics, including “Higher Ground,” “Don’t Your Worry ‘Bout A Thing,” “Living For The City” and “Superstition.” The band also began the set with an improvised jam.

Watch Wonder’s performance on Musikladen below (via YouTube user funkyflyy2). As a bonus, check out his 1973 appearance on Sesame Street, where he performed “Superstition.”