You Are the Sunshine of My Life

You Are the Sunshine of My Life

Infobox Single
Name = You Are the Sunshine of My Life


Artist = Stevie Wonder
from Album = Talking Book
B-side = "Tuesday Heartbreak"
Released = March 1973
Format = 7" 45 RPM
Recorded = November 1972
Genre = R&B
Length = 2:58
Label = Motown
Writer = Stevie Wonder
Producer = Stevie Wonder
Certification =
Last single = "Superstition"
(1972)
This single = "You Are the Sunshine of My Life"
(1973)
Next single = "Higher Ground"
(1973)

"You Are the Sunshine of My Life" is a 1973 pop single released by Stevie Wonder. The first two lines of the song are sung, not by Wonder, but by James Gilstrap and Lani Groves. The single version of the song differed from the album version, adding horns to the mix. The song became Wonder's third number-one pop single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and his first number-one on the adult contemporary chart. It also won Wonder a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. This song was the second single released from the album "Talking Book". The song opened 194 Radio City on 21 October 1974.

"Rolling Stone" ranked the song #281 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 1982, the song was featured in an episode of the American television series "Taxi" titled "Jim's Inheritance." In the 2005 war drama, "Jarhead", actor Jamie Foxx forced actor Jake Gyllenhaal to play "You Are the Sunshine of My Life", but because Gyllenhaal did not have a bugle, Foxx made him play it by buzzing his lips.Fact|date=July 2007

Cover versions

"You Are the Sunshine of My Life" has been covered more than twenty-five times, including versions by Wencke Myhre, Sacha Distel & Brigitte Bardot, Acker Bilk, Anita O'Day, Engelbert Humperdinck, Morgana King, Ferrante & Teicher, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Mel Tormé, Perry Como, Petula Clark, Ella Fitzgerald, Richard Clayderman, Shirley Bassey, The Ventures and Tom Jones.
Sacha Distel and Brigitte Bardot have covered the song in french for a duet, the french title being the exact translation of the original title, "Tu Es Le Soleil De Ma Vie". The lyrics are quite different in french.


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