Friday, March 24

A Day in the Key of Life

To promote the long-delayed 1976 release of "Songs in the Key of Life," Stevie Wonder's fifth consecutive nearly perfect album (following Music of My Mind, Talking Book, Innervisions and Fulfillingness' First Finale, if you're keeping track), his record company rented a farm/recording studio in Massachusetts and bussed in about a hundred reporters and photographers.

Stevie greeted his guests "dressed in a light beige cowboy outfit" the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported, and they enjoyed "a lavish country-style luncheon" as "the smell of marijuana wafted through the air."

Check out the 30 minute movie documenting the day, with a guest appearance from Stevie's daughter Aisha ("Isn't she lovely/Life and love are the same /Life is Aisha/The meaning of her name).

And keep an eye out at the beginning for the amazing billboard advertising the album in Times Square, which cost a whopping $75,000 and was then the biggest in the world.

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