- You Are the Sunshine of My Life
Name = You Are the Sunshine of My Life
from Album =
B-side = "Tuesday Heartbreak"
Released = March 1973
Format = 7" 45 RPM
Recorded = November 1972
Length = 2:58
Last single = "Superstition"
This single = "You Are the Sunshine of My Life"
Next single = "Higher Ground"
"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 100chart 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 Foxxforced actor Jake Gyllenhaalto 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
"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 Venturesand Tom Jones. Sacha Disteland Brigitte Bardothave 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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