Stevie Wonder: Golden Lady

Track

Golden Lady

Artist

Stevie Wonder (vocals, acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes, drums, synthesizer)

CD

Innervisions (Tamia/Motown 157355)

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Musicians:

Stevie Wonder (vocals, acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes, drums, synthesizer),

Ralph Hammer (acoustic guitar), Larry “Nastyee” Latimer (congas)

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Composed by Stevie Wonder

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Recorded: Los Angeles & New York, 1973

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Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

Very few people have constructed a legacy like that of Stevie Wonder. It's safe to say that other than Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and Jimi Hendrix, Wonder ranks in the top five of any musician from the 20th century. He combined raw vocals with immaculate instrument fluency with a strong jazz flavor. Take for example "Golden Lady" the Real Book favorite from his classic 1973 album Innervisions. No one could sing about love like Stevie Wonder could. He paints a detailed picture about the fictitious figure described in this song.

My favorite part about this song is Wonder's drum beat. He accents the hi-hat like a professional drummer and I bet he could have performed just as much on drums if he would have dedicated himself full-time to it. In addition to his great drumming, Wonder evokes advanced jazz voicings on the piano and puts the icing on top with his tasteful synthesizer solo that follows the verses. All in all "Golden Lady" represents one of America's greatest voices during his most productive and prolific period.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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  • 1 Evan // May 11, 2009 at 02:22 PM
    Great article. Did you know Stevie Wonder played drums on a couple of tracks on Jimi Hendrix's BBC shows? It's great stuff!