Isn't She Lovely

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"Isn't She Lovely"
Song by Stevie Wonder from the album Songs in the Key of Life
Released 1976
Genre R&B
Length 3:20 (radio edit)
6:34 (album version)
Songs in the Key of Life track listing
"Ordinary Pain"
(10)
"Isn't She Lovely"
(11)
"Joy Inside My Tears"
(12)

"Isn't She Lovely" is a song by Stevie Wonder, from his 1976 album Songs in the Key of Life. In it he celebrates the birth of his daughter, Aisha. There are three verses, each ending with the phrase "isn't she lovely, made from love" (or "so very lovely..."). The recording opens with the audio of a baby being born, and a lengthy outro featuring samples of Aisha playing with Wonder. The radio edit leaves out the baby noises from Aisha and has a much shorter outro.

Stevie Wonder performed this song live at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert on the 4th of June 2012, with lyrics modified to refer to the Queen.[1]

The album[edit]

The song, musically constructed over basic chord changes, is considered an example of the fusion of fundamental jazz and pop elements. Although the song was very popular and has received much radio airplay, it did not chart on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 because Stevie Wonder would not allow it to be released as a 45 RPM single despite being asked to do so by Motown. The song did make the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts as an "album cut," entering the AC Top 40 on January 8, 1977, staying there for five weeks and peaking at #23.[2]

Cover versions[edit]

  • A cover version by vocalist David Parton was a UK #4 hit in 1977.[3]
  • In November 2012 an acoustic version sung by cancer victim Jimmy Higham and his friend and colleague John Walmsley made #41.[4] The song was released and proceeds of its electronic sales went to raise money for a bursary fund set up in Jimmy Higham's memory at Wellington College, Berkshire where he had worked as a member of staff. This version caused the original version to penetrate the UK Singles Chart at #94.[5]

Chart history[edit]

Artist UK Billboard
Singles Chart Hot 100 AC
Stevie Wonder 94[5] 23[2]
David Parton 4[3]
Jimmy Higham & Jon Walmsley 41[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sir Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Sir Elton John and Madness Lead Queen’s Diamond Jubilee". WCBS-FM. 5 June 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Top Adult Songs 1961-2006 A/K/A Top Adult Contemporary Songs 1961-1993 - Joel Whitburn". 
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 419. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ a b "Jimmy Higham & Jon Walmsley". The Official Charts Company. 
  5. ^ a b "The Official Charts Company - Isn't She Lovely?". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013. 


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