For Once in My Life (Stevie Wonder album)

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For Once in My Life
Studio album by Stevie Wonder
Released December 8, 1968
Recorded 1967
Genre R&B
Label Tamla
Producer Henry Cosby, Don Hunter, Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder chronology
Eivets Rednow
For Once in My Life
My Cherie Amour

For Once in My Life is the ninth (tenth overall) studio album by American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder on Motown Records, released in November 1968. Then eighteen years old, Wonder had established himself as one of Motown's consistent hit-makers. This album continued Wonder's growth as a vocalist, songwriter and producer. It featured songs like the title track, "Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day" and the modest hits "I Don't Know Why" and "You Met Your Match". It also marked the debut of the Hohner Clavinet on a Stevie Wonder album, which would become a mainstay on albums to come.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "For Once in My Life" (Ron Miller and Orlando Murden) 2:48
  2. "Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day" (Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy and Stevie Wonder) 2:45
  3. "You Met Your Match" (Lula Mae Hardaway, Don Hunter and Stevie Wonder) 2:37
  4. "I Wanna Make Her Love Me" (Henry Cosby, Lula Mae Hardaway, Sylvia Moy and Stevie Wonder) 2:52
  5. "I'm More Than Happy (I'm Satisfied)" (Henry Cosby, C. Grant, Sylvia Moy and Stevie Wonder) 2:56
  6. "I Don't Know Why" (Lula Mae Hardaway, Don Hunter, Paul Riser and Stevie Wonder) 2:46
  7. "Sunny" (Bobby Hebb) 4:00
  8. "I'd Be a Fool Right Now" (Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy and Stevie Wonder) 2:54
  9. "Ain't No Lovin'" (Lula Mae Hardaway, Don Hunter, Riser and Stevie Wonder) 2:36
  10. "God Bless the Child" (Arthur Herzog Jr. and Billie Holiday) 3:27
  11. "Do I Love Her" (Stevie Wonder) 2:58
  12. "The House on the Hill" (L. Brown, Berry Gordy and Allen Story) 2:36

In other media[edit]

"I'd Be a Fool Right Now" would be remixed in 1977 for Wonder's Looking Back Anthology.


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William (1968-12-06). "Allmusic review". Retrieved 2012-09-26. 
  2. ^ "Stevie Wonder: Album Guide | Rolling Stone Music". Retrieved 2012-09-26.