This Day In Music - Stevie Wonder survives a car crash!
Stevland Hardaway Morris was born on the 13th May, 1950. Popularly known by his stage name Stevie Wonder is an American musician, singer and songwriter. A child prodigy, he developed into one of the most creative and loved musical figures of the late 20th century! Blind since shortly after birth, Wonder signed with Motown's Tamla label at the age of eleven and continues to perform and record for Motown as of the early 2010’s. Among Wonder's best known works are singles such as "Superstition", "Sir Duke" and “I Just Called to Say I Love You”
Stevie Wonder released his sixteenth studio album called “Innervisions” which was released on the 3rd of August, 1973 on Motown Records. Unfortunately three days after the commercial release of Innervisions, on August 6, Wonder played a concert in Greenville, South Carolina. While on his way back, just outside Durham, North Carolina, Wonder was asleep in the front seat of a car being driven by his friend, John Harris, when they were snaking along the road, behind a truck loaded high with logs. Suddenly the trucker jammed on his brakes, and the two vehicles collided. Logs were seen flying all over, and one smashed through the wind shield, sailing squarely into Stevie Wonder's forehead. He was covered with blood and unconscious when he was pulled from the wrecked car. For four days he lay in a coma caused by severe brain contusion, causing mass media attention and the preoccupation of relatives, friends and fans.
Wonder's climb back to health was still very long and slow. When he regained consciousness, he discovered that he had lost his sense of smell. He was deeply afraid that he might have lost his musical faculty, too. Eventually as time went by he recovered. Inspite of recovery the thought of death and the accident still haunts him.
During his interview with The New York Times he stated that "You can never change anything that has already happened. Everything is the way it's supposed to be... Everything that ever happened to me is the way it is supposed to have been."