Isn't She Lovely

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"Isn't She Lovely"
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder.jpg
Motown CD single reissuse (1996)
Promotional single by Stevie Wonder
from the album Songs in the Key of Life
Released 1976 (1976)
Format 7-inch single
Recorded 1975
Genre R&B, soul
Length
Label Tamla
Songwriter(s) Stevie Wonder
Producer(s) Stevie Wonder
Alternative cover
Tamla promotional single (1976)
Tamla promotional single (1976)

"Isn't She Lovely" is a song by Stevie Wonder from his 1976 album, Songs in the Key of Life. The lyrics celebrate 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 ..."). Constructed over basic chord changes, the song is a fusion of jazz and pop elements.

Wonder performed the song live for Queen Elizabeth II at her Diamond Jubilee Concert on June 4, 2012, with lyrics modified to refer to the Queen.[1]

Releases[edit]

Wonder released two different versions of the song – the longer album version opens with the sound of a baby crying, and the outro features Aisha as a baby; a promotional single edited for radio leaves out the crying baby sounds at the beginning and has a much shorter outro.

The song was not issued as a commercial single and therefore it did not appear on the major charts in the US and UK. However, due to radio airplay, it reached number 23 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart on January 29, 1977.[2]

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • Vocalist David Parton recorded the song, which was a UK number four hit in 1977.[3] It was the 54th biggest hit of the year.[4]
  • Frank Sinatra recorded it during the Trilogy: Past Present Future sessions on August 22, 1979. It was not included on the album but later appeared on The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings (1995).
  • Singer Freddy Cole (younger brother of Nat King Cole) recorded it for his album Always (1995).
  • American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken performed a cover of the song on a 2005 episode of the show Scrubs.
  • In November 2012, an acoustic version sung by cancer victim Jimmy Higham and his friend and colleague John Walmsley reached number 41 on the UK Singles Chart.[5] The song was released and proceeds of its electronic sales went to raise money for a bursary fund set up in Higham's memory at Wellington College, Berkshire, where he had worked as a member of staff. As a result, Wonder's original version entered the UK Singles Chart and peaked at number 94.[6]

Chart history[edit]

Artist UK U.S. Billboard
Singles Chart Hot 100 AC
Stevie Wonder
94[6]
23[2]
David Parton
4[3]
Jimmy Higham & Jon Walmsley
41[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sir Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Sir Elton John and Madness Lead Queen's Diamond Jubilee". WCBS-FM. June 5, 2012. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel. Top Adult Songs 1961–2006. 
  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. ^ "Top 100 1977 - UK Music Charts". Uk-charts.top-source.info. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  5. ^ a b "Jimmy Higham & Jon Walmsley". The Official Charts Company. 
  6. ^ a b "The Official Charts Company - Isn't She Lovely". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013. Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. 

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