Stevie Wonder

Retro Night at the Grammys

Posted on 01/27/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

EntertainmentThe 2014 Grammy Awards had a distinctly throwback feel, as some of the classic performers from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s joined current hit-makers onstage. Here are some of the highlights: Stevie Wonder and Nile Rodgers. The 63-year-old Wonder joined the French pop duo Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams on “Get Lucky.” The R&B legend, who’s won 22 Grammy awards himself,  played keyboards and grabbed a few vocal lines, showing that he’s still got that incomparable set of pipes. Rodgers, 63, …

Nelson Mandela: 5 Musical Tributes to a Remarkable Hero

Posted on 12/5/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyNelson Mandela, who died Dec. 5 at age 95 in Johannesburg, South Africa, was one of the most remarkable heroes of the 20th century. He organized and led armed resistance against South Africa’s apartheid regime, which had disenfranchised 23 million black citizens and forced them to live in abysmal poverty, and endured decades of brutal imprisonment as a result. But after his release in 1990, he worked to negotiate a peaceful end to institutionalized racism — an achievement that earned …

Frank Wilson: The Motown Songwriter’s 5 Greatest Hits

Posted on 10/4/2012 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyWhen you think of the Motown era, you probably think of such groups as the Supremes, the Temptations, the Four Tops and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and such soul superstars as Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Less well-known is a man who helped Motown’s performers to shine so brightly: Frank Wilson, a musical utility infielder who cowrote and/or produced many of the label’s biggest hits. The Houston native, who died on Sept. 27 at the age of 71 in …

Andy Williams: 5 Things You Might Not Know About the ‘Moon River’ Crooner

Posted on 09/26/2012 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIf you grew up in the late 1960s, odds are that you remember watching The Andy Williams Show with your parents and marveling at how unexpectedly funky that venerable gentleman with the silky baritone sounded when he sang Stevie Wonder’s “For Once In My Life.” But Williams, who died yesterday at his home in Branson, Mo., at age 84, was an entertainer who made a career of out of surprising and delighting successive generations with his versatility. The small-town Iowa …