Monday, March 9, 2015

"Ribbon in the Sky" by Stevie Wonder

Song#:  1191
Date:  09/25/1982
Debut:  76
Peak:  54
Weeks:  7
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  Wonder's hits compilation "Original Musiquarium I" pumped out two more hits with "That Girl" (#4) and "Do I Do" (#13). Since the collection contained four new recordings, Wonder tried for another hit with this single. The ballad was able to reach #10 on the R&B chart, but couldn't gather an audience at pop and peaked short of the halfway mark. The last of the new songs, "Front Line," was also issued as a single but it failed to reach any chart, making it the only song on the collection to not be a hit.

ReduxReview:  I always thought this was a pretty song. It is fairly subdued for a Wonder single and its subtlety may have been lost on a pop audience. I wouldn't rank this among his best songs, but it is lovely to hear.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  This apparently was one of Whitney Houston's favorite songs by Stevie Wonder. He reworked the lyrics to be about her and sang it at her funeral on February 18, 2012.


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