On This Day in ’63, ‘Fingertips’ Hit the Charts

By Jessica Wheeler, AliveTampaBay Columnist

On June 22, 1963, Stevie Wonder’s “Fingertips (Parts I and II)” entered the U.S. Billboard charts. The song would eventually peak at No. 1, claiming the top spot for three weeks. Wonder was credited as “Little Stevie Wonder” at the time of the release, since he was only 12 years old when the song was recorded live at the Motortown Revue in Chicago. Playing bongos and harmonica on the song, Wonder showcased his already-incredible musical gifts. Not only was “Fingertips” his first No. 1 record, it was Motown’s second-ever chart topper, coming on the heels of the Marvelettes’ “Please Mr. Postman” two years before. Marvin Gaye plays the drums on “Fingertips,” a role he would would fill at Motown until he became a star in his own right.

 

Jessica Wheeler

Jessica Wheeler

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