Overjoyed (Stevie Wonder song)
|Single by Stevie Wonder|
|from the album In Square Circle|
|B-side||"Land of La La"|
|Stevie Wonder singles chronology|
"Overjoyed" is a 1985 hit single released by American and Motown music legend Stevie Wonder on the Tamla (Motown) label. The single peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1986, remaining in the Top 40 for six weeks. In addition, "Overjoyed" was a No. 1 hit on the adult contemporary chart, the eighth (and, to date, last) of his career.
The song was written first for the 1979 album Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants, but was left off the album, and re-recorded for the album In Square Circle. In the liner notes for the song, "crickets, nightingale & additional bird sounds, ocean, pebbles in pond, stone dropped, crushing leaves" are listed under "environmental percussion". The song was first performed live originally on the May 7, 1983 broadcast episode of Saturday Night Live, where Wonder was the host and musical guest.
Bassist Stanley Clarke recorded a cover for his 1986 album Hideaway. It was later covered by Diana Ross for her 1994 Christmas album, A Very Special Season, and by Mary J. Blige as a rare track on her Ballads collection released only in Japan, the latter version famously used in a mid-1990s Air Jordan commercial. Jane Monheit included a cover of the song in her 2007 album Surrender.
In 2009, jazz artist Esperanza Spalding covered the song at the White House at an event to commemorate Stevie Wonder's music.
Wonder appeared alongside Celine Dion singing a new duet cover version on her 2013 studio album Loved Me Back to Life. This version was produced by Tricky Stewart. Jon Maranica of the New York Times called the cover "the most decadent move on the album (Loved Me Back to Life.) Mr. Wonder, lush and flexible, is the exact opposite of Ms. Dion as a singer. On paper, it’s a severe mismatch. But Ms. Dion isn’t out of tricks — when Mr. Wonder shimmies, she shimmies back, dodging her own shadow." Stephen Erlewine of Allmusic noted in his review on the corresponding album that Dion was "expanding to something a little more modern and something with a subtle but palpable R&B undercurrent. This soulful streak surfaces on the duets ('Overjoyed' and 'Incredible.')"
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