STEVIE WONDER - Part 7

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Wonder receives the second annual Nelson Mandela Courage Award, in Los Angeles.

He appears in a Los Angeles benefit, organized by Robert Townsend, for the family of the late David Ruffin, with Gladys Knight and Dionne Warwick.

July [10] The still-climbing Music From The Movie Jungle Fever is certified gold by the RIAA.

Music From The Movie Jungle Fever reaches US #24.

Gotta Have You, from Music From The Movie Jungle Fever, peaks at US #92.

Aug Wonder contributes to a video of Marvin Gaye’s Mercy Mercy Mercy, a tie-up between Motown and the Audubon Society, to increase awareness of the nation’s environmental problems.

Sept [7] He sings These Three Words at “Party For Richard Pryor” special, in Beverly Hills. (CBS-TV will air the show on November 23rd.)

[ 19] He sings Hallelujah I Love Her So and duets with Ray Charles on Living For The City, on Fox-TV’s “Ray Charles : 50 Years In Music”, filmed in Pasadena, to benefit the Starlight Pavilion Foundation. (The show will air on October 6th.)

Oct Wonder is featured on the cover of Ebony Man magazine.

Fun Day charts for a week at UK #63.

Nov [11] He performs at a benefit for former Motown singer, Mary Wells, at the Celebrity Theater, Los Angeles, with Natalie Cole, Dionne Warwick, Isaac

Hayes and others.

Wonder gives another benefit concert in Chicago, IL, for his former employee, Theresa Kyles, and her husband Dwain, whose unborn child will need a heart transplant shortly after birth.

1992

Apr [9] Wonder makes his final appearance on NBC- TV’s Johnny Carson-hosted “The Tonight Show”, singing I’ll Be Seeing You.

[12] Music From The Movie Jungle Fever is named Outstanding National R&B Album, at the Motor City Music Awards, Detroit.

[28] Wonder participates in Quincy Jones’ all-star recording of Hallelujah!, a contemporary version of Handel’s “The Messiah”, at A&M Studios, Hollywood.

May [16] His “European Natural Wonder” tour opens in Switzerland.

June [2-3] He performs at the Wembley Arena, during the tour’s UK leg.

July [18] Wonder attends the wedding of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown in Mendham, NJ.

[21] He is made an Honorary Courtier to traditional Cameroon ruler, Fon Agwafor III, during a week-long visit.

Aug [17] A San Francisco appeals court upholds a prior jury verdict, confirming that Wonder did not steal I Just Called To Say I Love You from Lloyd Chate, a Los Angeles songwriter.

Oct [16] Wonder performs B lowin’In The Wind at the Bob Dylan anniversary tribute concert, at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Dec [3] He is honored with the National Academy of Songwriters’ Lifetime Achievement Award, at the seventh annual “Salute To The American Songwriter”, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Los Angeles, with the proceeds going to benefit NAS educational programs.

1993

Jan [15] Wonder performs at breakfast at the America West Arena in Phoenix, AZ, before 17,000 people, to celebrate Arizona having its first Martin Luther King Jr. public holiday.

He wins the Male Artist category, at the 25th annual NAACP Image Awards, held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA.

June [2] Wonder performs a medley of Motown songs in honor of Berry Gordy Jr., who receives the Abe Olman Publishers Award, at the 24th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremonies, held at the Sheraton New York Hotel.

[6] He takes part in a benefit for the late, great keyboardist, Richard Tee, at the Club Tatou in Beverly Hills, CA, with proceeds going to the Humantics Foundation.

1994

Feb [7] Wonder presents the Award of Merit to Whitney Houston, at the 21st annual American Music Awards, staged at the Shrine Auditorium.

June [6] He donates his harmonica to Hard Rock Cafe GM Mike Kneidinger in Washington, after performing at the 20th anniversary celebration for the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. While in town, he also receives the 1994 Diamond Award for Excellence at the International Association of African-American Music conference.

[26] Wonder joins Prince onstage, at the latter’s Glam Slam club in Minneapolis, MN, to sing Maybe Your Baby.

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