Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder free piano sheet music

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Artist’s Information:

Stevland Hardaway Morris (born May 13, 1950, in Saginaw, Michigan as Stevland Hardaway Judkins), known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is a renowned American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and activist. Blind since shortly after birth, Wonder signed with Motown’s Tamla label at the age of eleven, and continues to perform and record for Motown to this day. To date, Wonder has recorded more than thirty U.S. top ten hits and received twenty-two Grammy Awards, the most ever awarded to a male solo artist. In 2008, Billboard magazine named Wonder as 5th in their list of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists. Wonder is also noted for his work as an activist for political causes. In 2009, Wonder was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

When Wonder was four, his mother left his father and moved herself and her children to Detroit. She changed her name back to Lula Hardaway and later changed her son’s surname to Morris, partly because of relatives. Morris has remained Stevie Wonder’s legal name ever since.

In 1961 when he signed with Motown. Wonder has recorded more than thirty top-ten hits, won twenty-two Grammys (the most ever won by a solo artist), including one Lifetime Achievement Award, and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters halls of fame.

Song Information:

“Sir Duke” is a song composed and performed by Stevie Wonder, from his 1976 album Songs in the Key of Life. Released as a single in 1977, the track topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Black Singles charts,[1] and reached #2 in the UK Singles Chart, his joint biggest hit there at the time.

The song was written in tribute to Duke Ellington, the influential jazz legend who had died in 1974. The lyrics also refer to Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.

The artists, apart from Stevie Wonder, who perform on the original version were: Raymond Pounds (drums), Nathan Watts (bass), Mike Sembello (lead guitar), Ben Bridges (rhythm guitar), Hank Redd (alto saxophone), Trevor Laurence (tenor saxophone), Raymond Maldonado (trumpet), and Steve Madaio (trumpet).

Wonder re-recorded the song for the 1995 live album Natural Wonder.

Stevie Wonder performed this song live at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert on the 4th of June 2012.


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