The Whitfield-Strong song matched a typically socially aware lyric with a busy, funky, brass-fuelled beat.
Alongside his fellow Funk Brothers, he helped weave the very fabric of Tamla Motown’s imposing and infectious sound.
He wrote the classic that's been covered hundreds of times, and made other fine records of his own.
The histories of the most iconic recording studios – Sun, Motown, Abbey Road – have made them almost as famous as the musicians who have recorded there.
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The one-time Motown secretary and backing vocalist became one of the company's A-list vocalists.
'Sweet Hitch-Hiker' became the group's final US top ten hit.
Wonder, 69, revealed the news as he concluded his headline performance in the Barclaycard Presents British Summer Hyde Park concert series.
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His first singles chart appearance captured the improvised, call-and-response electricity between Stevie and a Chicago crowd.
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The second star-studded edition also featured everyone from Marvin Gaye and Ike & Tina Turner to Joe Cocker and Jethro Tull.
'Tear It On Down' was the final single to carry the name of Martha Reeves & the Vandellas.
A seismic career shift and a bold new artistic direction brought an indelible classic.
'You're The Man (Part 1)' is perhaps his least-celebrated top ten soul hit.