Encyclopaedia Africana S February 17, 2021 STEVIE WONDER

Born Stevland Hardaway Judkins (later Morris) on May 13, 1950, two months premature, Stevie was placed in an incubator for life support. However an excess of oxygen resulted in the scarring and detachment of his retina leading to a condition known as Retinopathy of Prematurity.

Encyclopaedia Africana S February 16, 2021 SMOKEY ROBINSON

Smokey Robinson founded The Miracles while still in high school. The group was Berry Gordy’s first vocal group, and it was at Robinson’s suggestion that Gordy started the Motown Record dynasty.

Encyclopaedia Africana F February 16, 2021 THE FOUR TOPS

The Tops’ togetherness and teamwork throughout their career remains as an example for many, matched by few.

Encyclopaedia Africana M September 18, 2020 MARVIN GAYE

“I had such emotional experiences with Tammi and her subsequent death that I don’t imagine I’ll ever work with a girl again.”

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