Stevie Wonder: The Key of Life

Stevie Wonder grew up in poverty and with an abusive father before he turned his life around to become one of the greatest and most recognizable musicians of the 20th century.
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Stevie Wonder grew up in poverty and with an abusive father before he turned his life around to become one of the greatest and most recognizable musicians of the 20th century.

Young Stevie Wonder poses for a photo circa 1965. (Getty)

Young Stevie Wonder poses for a photo circa 1965. (Getty)

Stevie Wonder turns 63 today. The blind prodigy who grew up in poverty and with an abusive father turned his life around to become one of the greatest and most recognizable musicians of the 20th century.

Whenever we see a photo of Mr. Wonder, it's always accompanied by his non-stop smile from ear to ear—and his photos reveal that his exuberant joy started at an early age. It's a smile we hear in his energizing and lively music. It's one we can feel in his willingness to give back to those around him, just as we saw in his championing of Martin Luther King Day in the 1980s.

It's a smile you just know will be around as long as he is. Happy Birthday, Stevie Wonder!