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STEVIE WONDER INDUCTED INTO THE APOLLO HALL OF FAME

STEVIE WONDER INDUCTED INTO THE APOLLO HALL OF FAME

The first time Stevie Wonder performed at the Apollo, he was just a child, and he remembers being so nervous, he dropped his bongos on the stage floor.

Wonder had no such butterflies Monday night as he was honoured during the famed theatre's spring gala with induction into the Legends Hall of Fame, which includes Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald and James Brown.

Though Wonder was the main attraction, the audience was also wowed as he collaborated with a cast of friends and admirers including Tony Bennett, Chick Corea, Paul Shaffer and Doug E. Fresh.

"It's a moment to cherish and remember, relishing in the memories of the times that I've been at the Apollo, as well as this night, the great people that came out to support me being here," Wonder said in an interview.

"It's a great thing to be one of those people in the Hall of Fame for the Apollo."

Bennett presented the honour to Wonder, who in turn lauded the legendary crooner for his commitment to the Apollo and to civil-rights causes. "As much as I may never see the colour of his skin, I'm able to feel the colour of his spirit," Wonder told the audience. "When it was not fashionable to hang out with the brothers and sisters, you did."

He then recalled Bennett singing one of Wonder's signature songs For Once in My Life. As Wonder began to sing the tune, Bennett joined in for an impromptu performance that ended with a standing ovation. It was one of several during a concert that featured Raphael Saadiq, gospel singers Yolanda Adams and Kim Burrell, Melanie Fiona, Questlove, Corea and others. (more)

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Article by NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, The NZherald | Read full article here