This week marks 48 years since legendary performer Stevie Wonder became the first artist in history to achieve both a No. 1 album and No. 1 single in the same week. Wonder’s hit LP The 12 Year Old Genius and single “Fingertips Pt. 2,” trumped the charts together on August 24, 1963. Stevie Wonder appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show to perform the chart-topping single on May 3, 1964.
With harmonica in hand, the 13-year-old wunderkind took to the stage and delivered a memorable performance that left viewers in awe. Wonder’s captivating stage presence and exuberant energy quickly coaxed the audience into clapping along to the lively tune. This landmark performance was one of the most inspirational to take place on the Sullivan stage. Wonder appeared a second time on December 15, 1968 to perform his hit “For Once in My Life.” To this day, Wonder continues to be a prominent performer and recording artist after nearly 5 decades in the musical business. With 25 Grammy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award, and an Academy Award, Wonder will forever remain as one of the music industry’s most prolific and influential artists.