Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing

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"Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing"
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Single by Stevie Wonder
from the album Innervisions
B-side"Blame It on the Sun" or All In Love Is Fair
ReleasedMarch 5, 1974
GenreLatin soul
Length4:44 (album version)
3:40 (single edit)
LabelTamla
Songwriter(s)Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder singles chronology
"Living for the City"
(1973)
"Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing"
(1974)
"He's Misstra Know-It-All"
(1974)
Innervisions track listing
Side One
  1. "Too High"
  2. "Visions"
  3. "Living for the City"
  4. "Golden Lady"
Side Two
  1. "Higher Ground"
  2. "Jesus Children of America"
  3. "All in Love Is Fair"
  4. "Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing"
  5. "He's Misstra Know-It-All"

"Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing" is a single by Stevie Wonder, taken from his 1973 album Innervisions. It reached number 16 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart, number 10 on the Cash Box chart,[1] and number 2 on the R&B chart. The song's lyrics convey a positive message, focusing on taking things in one's stride and accentuating the positive.

The tune is in E minor, starting with a Latin piano intro. The opening melody is reminiscent of Horace Silver's "Song For My Father"[2] over which Stevie engages in an English dialogue with a female, and speaks Spanish, using the phrase "Todo está bien chévere", which loosely translates as "Everything's really great." The song's second chorus begins with Stevie taking the vocals up an octave, with two vocal overdubs singing the same line. He also mimics the horn line with harmonised scat singing.

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-05. Retrieved 2015-02-05.
  2. ^ "Segment 24 | Bill Fitzhugh". billfitzhugh.com. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  3. ^ "Hank Crawford: Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing". Allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  4. ^ "My American Songbook, Vol. 1 overview". Allmusic.com.
  5. ^ "Nelson Rangell - My American Songbook (Vol. 1)". SmoothViews.com.
  6. ^ "UNCHAIN discography - other". virusoul.net/unchain/. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  7. ^ "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing - Jacob Collier". YouTube. Jacob Collier. 2013-10-13. Retrieved 2017-11-14.
  8. ^ "How Youtube Jazz Sensation Jacob Collier Creates Music". Freejazzlessons.com. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  9. ^ Sankin, Aaron. "British YouTube phenom Jacob Collier's Stevie Wonder cover is perfect". Dailydot.com. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  10. ^ "Jacob Collier Band - Late Late Show Special! - Ronnie Scott's". Ronniescotts.co.uk. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  11. ^ "Tory Kelly - Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing". YouTube. Vevo. 2017-03-02. Retrieved 2017-11-14.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-05. Retrieved 2015-02-05.
  13. ^ Bac-lac.gc.ca
  14. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1974/Top 100 Songs of 1974". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-09.

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