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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Stevie Wonder on Sesame Street - 1972

1.3 Million Views! I posted this video just 16 months ago and this clip has been enjoyed by 1,302,000 music enthusiasts from around the world. This funked out cut is righteous and that's a beautiful thing!

Whenever anyone asks me what I like to listen to when I get stressed or catch a case of the blues... I often will tell them Stevie Wonder. It just doesn't get a better than Stevie Wonder. Period. The quick fix - and the best music video I have ever seen - is this utterly incredible clip of Stevie Wonder and his band playing Sesame Street in '72.


Watch the video and check these cats out. Utterly insane. I challenge you to name one musician or group better than this today. Don't hold your breath.

Superstition live on Sesame Street.
1972

Can you name the players? I have a few listed here, I think - but not all. You are invited to make suggestions and/or corrections. Do your best - the picture quality isn't the best - but the music record is sensational!

The Band: Keys and VocalsStevie Wonder; Guitars - Ray Parker and Ralph Hammer; Bassist - Scottie Edwards; Drums - Ollie Brown; Sax - Lou Marini; Horn - Steve Madaio.

Stevie Wonder - Superstition mp3
Live on Sesame Street (1972)

Special Thanks to Jeremy.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

whew... thanks!
i needed that.

Aaron said...

Me too.

That was great. Sesame Street is a can't miss for musicians.

I like the recent performance by James Blunt, in which he teaches all of us about triangles.

Ryan said...

Just my opinion, but this is the best music video I have seen.

YogaforCynics said...

I'm not 100% sure, but I think I saw this when it was first one--I would've been six in 1972, and probably didn't miss much on Sesame Street, and very vaguely remember this black guy playing piano and singing stuff very different from what my parents listened to (no, neither my musical tastes nor anything else was very developed at that point). Well, now at least, I can appreciate it as I didn't then....

Adam G. said...

Do you happen to know if anyone has the audio from Stevie's Sesame Street funkafied status?

Totally concur on the level of talent. It would be impossible to find anyone remotely as talented today.

Anonymous said...

I've just realised you're the person who uploaded this clip.

THANK YOU
THANK YOU
THANK YOU.

This is the funkiest thing I have ever seen in my life. I wish I could bottle this. Every time I watch this video, the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

Ryan Spaulding said...

Glad you love it as much as I do. Probably my favorite live jam of all time - and I love the fact that it has helped "make" the day for millions of people - even now, 40 years later.

Anonymous said...

I think the trumpet player is not Bernie Manning, but Steve Madaio. Madaio played on the original track. There's a picture of him here:

http://www.discogs.com/artist/Steve+Madaio

Same guy, I think.

Ryan Spaulding said...

Holy Shit, you are right! I will correct the post.

Ryan Spaulding said...

Video has been seen by 4.2 Million people now. That's a lot of musical enlightenment!

Tim Worstall said...

I think it's Tom Malone, not Lou Marini, on sax.

JS said...

Best thing the band tries to stop like 3-4 times and Stevie keeps it rocking.

2nd best thing? The kid.

Anonymous said...

Are you sure ther bassist is not Nathan Watts? He played on a lot of Stevie's records. Also, (and I might be wrong), but is that not Skunk Baxter on the Tele?