Whenever you think of anything that is 50 of age, it is hard not to think of it as being old! However, when we are talking about music, truly it is a different story as it likes a fine wine mellows and improves with age and as you know, everything old is new and in some ways.
This is the 50th anniversary of one the greatest recordings and game changers of all time, that being Stevie Wonder's, "Talking Book".
The record and the next 3 releases produced by Malcom Cecil (Milton Cecil) and his partner in crime and a client of mine, Robert Margouleff, made history and introduced electronic sounds, influences and production of electronic Music, into the world of R&B, Soul and Pop as had never been done before.
Today I ask you all to take a moment, make the time to listen and remember one reason why you became a fan of and loved music.
Congratulations to my friend, client and one of two brilliant producers players and engineers to make what amounted to a statement of genius, Robert Margouleff.
Robert I love you and have never been so proud to represent anyone in this business, especially someone who I was a young fan of before I ever got to meet and now work with you.
Sit back and enjoy the glow of your efforts that was so deserved and for which you were richly rewarded.
You truly are the Sunshine of My Life!
PS interestingly enough, the writer of the story, Jon Pareles, of the New York Times, once worked for me in Boston writing alongside Deedee Freedberg at NightFall Magazine!
"In 1972 — half a century ago — Stevie Wonder reinvented the sound of pop by embracing all he could accomplish on his own. (Article in NYTimes.com - 50 Years Ago, Stevie Wonder Heard The Future)
He released two albums that year: “Music of My Mind” in March and then, less than eight months later, on Oct. 27, the even more confident and far-reaching “Talking Book.”
“Talking Book” was a breakthrough on multiple fronts. It demonstrated, with the international smash “Superstition,” that Wonder didn’t need Motown’s “hit factory” methods — songwriters and producers providing material that singers would dutifully execute — to have a No. 1 pop blockbuster."