ON THIS DATE (46 YEARS AGO)
May 4, 1966 – Stevie Wonder: Uptight (Everything’s Alright) is released.
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Uptight (Everything’s Alright) is the fifth studio release by Stevie Wonder. released on this date in May, 1966. The album reached No.33 on the Billboard Pop Album charts and No.2 on the R&B Albums charts. It was the breakthrough album for Stevie Wonder, released in 1965 on Motown Records’ Tamla label. The album features the U.S. Top 5 single “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)”, which Wonder co-wrote with Sylvia Moy and Henry Cosby.
The tracks on Uptight (Everything’s Alright) were the beginning of Wonder’s development into a mature recording artist, independent of his earlier “Little Stevie Wonder” moniker and his image as a young Ray Charles imitator.
Also included on the album are “Nothing’s Too Good For My Baby”, another Wonder-cowrite, and a cover of folk star Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind”, which made Wonder popular with crossover audiences,and a cover of the standard, Teach Me Tonight, featuring vocals with Levi Stubbs and The Four Tops.
by Ron Wynn, allmusic
Stevie Wonder began demonstrating his production skills and compositional acumen on his first of two albums in 1966. Although still just a teenager, Wonder was already anxious to do more than simply grind out love tunes. He covered Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” and also contributed “Pretty Little Angel” alongside the monster hits “Nothin’s Too Good for My Baby” and the title song. It was also a signal Wonder had moved beyond simply paying homage to Ray Charles and now wanted to establish his own musical identity.
“Love a Go Go” (Beth Beatty, Ernie Shelby) – 2:46
“Hold Me” (Morris Broadnax, Clarence Paul, Wonder) – 2:36
“Blowin’ in the Wind” (Bob Dylan) – 3:46
“Nothing’s Too Good for My Baby” (Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy, Willam “Mickey” Stevenson) – 2:39
“Teach Me Tonight” (Sammy Cahn, Gene De Paul) – 2:39
“Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” (Wonder, Moy, Cosby) – 2:54
“Ain’t That Asking for Trouble” (Moy, Paul, Wonder) – 2:49
“I Want My Baby Back” (Harvey Fuqua, Cornelius Grant, Eddie Kendricks, Norman Whitfield) – 2:49
“Pretty Little Angel” (Paul, Mike Valvano, Wonder) – 2:12
“Music Talk” (Ted Hull, Paul, Wonder) – 2:52
“Contract on Love” (Janie Bradford, Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland) – 2:06
“With a Child’s Heart” (Vicky Basemore, Cosby, Moy) – 3:08