Happy Humpday Everyone! As some of you may know, it is Soul Music Wednesday! I truly believe soul music provides a spiritual experience for both the listener and vocalist alike. On Wednesdays, I like to share a featured love song and give my feedback on the record. Some of the songs will be old classics and others will be new favorites.
The song featured today is “Happy Birthday” by Stevie Wonder. The song was written and produced by Stevie Wonder and released under the label Motown. While the song failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, it did have much success on the UK charts. “Happy Birthday” was released in 1981. Here is a link to the song below…
Although I was inspired to choose this song because it’s my birthday, this song was actually written in celebration of legendary civil rights leader and activist, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. According to Wikipedia, “Wonder, a social activist, was one of the main figures in the campaign to have the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. become a national holiday, and created this single to make the cause known.” He believed, “the holiday would facilitate the realization of Dr. King’s dreams of integration and “love and unity for all of God’s children.” I love that a song written to celebrate an amazing man has become an international hit that is used to celebrate the birthdays of millions around the world.