Tribute to Uncle Ray

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Tribute to Uncle Ray
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Studio album by Little Stevie Wonder
Released October 1962
Recorded 1962
Studio Studio A, Hitsville USA, Detroit
Genre Soul, jazz
Label Tamla
Producer Henry Cosby, Clarence Paul
Stevie Wonder chronology
The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie
(1962)The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie1962
Tribute to Uncle Ray
(1962)
Recorded Live: The 12 Year Old Genius
(1963)Recorded Live: The 12 Year Old Genius1963
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Tribute to Uncle Ray is the second studio album by Stevie Wonder. Released by Motown in October 1962 shortly after The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie, it had been recorded first, when Wonder was just 11 years old.[2] The album was an attempt by Berry Gordy and Motown to associate the young "Little Stevie Wonder" with the successful and popular Ray Charles who was also a blind African American musician.[3] Like his debut, this album failed to generate hit singles as Motown struggled to find a sound to fit Wonder, who was just 12 when this album was released.

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Ray Charles, except where indicated.

Side One

  1. "Hallelujah I Love Her So"
  2. "Ain't That Love"
  3. "Don't You Know"
  4. "The Masquerade" (Herbert Magidson, Allie Wrubel)
  5. "Frankie & Johnny" (Traditional; arranged by Clarence Paul)

Side Two

  1. "Drown in My Own Tears" (Henry Glover)
  2. "Come Back Baby"
  3. "Mary Ann"
  4. "Sunset" (Stevie Wonder as Stevie Judkins, Clarence Paul)
  5. "My Baby's Gone" (Berry Gordy, Jr.)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Bob Gulla (2008). Icons of R&B and Soul. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 314. 
  3. ^ Ribowsky, Mark. Signed, Sealed and Delivered: The Soulful Journey of Stevie Wonder