One day, I was at a Guitar Center in Atlanta, GA just checkin’ out some new gear and passing time. A bunch of us window shoppers, including some staff, couldn’t help but bop our heads in groove to Stevie Wonder’s Living For The City which was pumping out of the speakers in all its glorious funk. Some of us started looking at each other, stopped on our tracks… that’s Stevie on drums, man… did you know?
Yeah, I knew but I guess I’ve forgotten.
Of course, we do know Stevie Wonder played all the instruments in the studio, back in the day. Yet, he’s well-known more for his singing and songwriting chops than his instrumental mastery. But listening to his classics being aware this dude not only delivered the funk with keyboards and his incredible pipes, but also with the drums, and with just as much flair, is simply mind-blowing. At least, for me it is.
However, listening is one thing. Seeing the proof with your own eyes is another. I’ve been wanting to share this video I discovered awhile back but haven’t had a chance to do so until now. So do yourself a favor and check out this old footage from a TV show. He’s definitely rockin’ it out with the best of them.