You Are the Sunshine of My Life

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"You Are the Sunshine of My Life"
Single by Stevie Wonder
from the album Talking Book
B-side "Tuesday Heartbreak"
Released March 1973
Format 7" 45 RPM
Recorded 1972
Genre Soul, pop, adult contemporary
Length 2:58
Label Tamla
Writer(s) Stevie Wonder
Producer(s) Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder singles chronology
"Superstition"
(1972)
"You Are the Sunshine of My Life"
(1973)
"Higher Ground"
(1973)

"You Are the Sunshine of My Life" is a 1973 single released by Stevie Wonder. The song became Wonder's third #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and his first #1 on the Easy Listening chart.[1] It won Wonder a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. This song was the second single released from the 1972 album entitled Talking Book. The song opened 194 Radio City on 21 October 1974.

Rolling Stone ranked the song #281 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The first two lines of the song are sung, not by Wonder, but by Jim Gilstrap and with Lani Groves singing the next two lines.[2] The single version of the song differs from the album version with the addition of horns to the mix.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 262. 
  2. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits: Updated and Expanded 5Th Edition. Random House Digital, Inc. p. 333. 

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Preceded by
"Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
May 19, 1973 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Frankenstein" by The Edgar Winter Group