Isn’t She Lovely
Writer(s): Stevie Wonder (see lyrics here)
First Charted: January 8, 1977
Peak: 23 AC, 94 UK, 4 DF (Click for codes to charts.)
Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, 0.4 UK, 0.9 world (includes US + UK)
Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 57.04 video, 104.22 streaming
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About the Song:
Stevie Wonder capped one of the most amazing album runs in history with 1976’s Songs in the Key of Life. It was his third consecutive album to win the Grammy for Album of the Year after 1973’s Innervisions and 1974’s Fulfillingness’ First Finale. The three albums generated three top-10 hits and three #1 songs.
Key of Life became Wonder’s biggest album, spending 14 weeks at #1 and selling ten million copies in the United States. It also produced one of Wonder’s most beloved album cuts, “Isn’t She Lovely.” Even though it wasn’t released as a single (because Wonder refual to cut it down from its six-and-a-half-minute run time to fit on a 45 rpm) it became the song from the album that “generated the most requests and touched the deepest chords.” SS Airplay pushed the song onto the adult contemporary chart WK and, in 2012, it charted in the UK on the strength of downloads after Wonder performed the song for the Diamond Jubilee celebration of Queen Elizabeth II. WK
Wonder wrote the song in celebration of the birth of his daughter, Aisha Morris, on April 7, 1975. Her voice is used in the recording when Wonder is giving the toddler a bath. WK Music historian Steve Sullivan said “one would be hard pressed to find a more emotionally touching song about the joys of new parenthood.” SS The “lyrics are simple and unaffected, perfectly expressing the emotions of the occasion.” SS
Other than some of the keyboards, Wonder played all of the instruments on the song, including an improvised harmonica part SS which biographer John Swenson called “one of the best things Stevie ever recorded.” SS
First posted 1/14/2023.
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