Saturday, October 25, 2014

"Do I Do" by Stevie Wonder

Song#:  1053
Date:  05/29/1982
Debut:  52
Peak:  13
Weeks:  14
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  Wonder's duet with Paul McCartney, "Ebony and Ivory," was in the #1 slot when this solo single was issued. It was the second single from Wonder's hits compilation "Original Musiquarium I" (the first single being the #4 "That Girl"). While it was another smash at R&B hitting #2, it peaked just short of the pop Top 10.

ReduxReview:  For me, this marked the end of Wonder's classic period. Any of his work after this just could not compete with his amazing 70s output. There would be a bright spot now and then, but I think most folks would agree that "Musiquarium" closed out the era of his most impressive work. This is a terrific song and one that doesn't get played much any longer. I prefer the single version to the lengthy album version as it drones on a bit too long.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  On the album, this song runs more than 10 minutes. That version includes a rap done by Wonder near the end and also features jazz great Dizzy Gillespie doing a trumpet solo. Both of these sections were cut for the single version.


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