On this day in music history: December 28, 197…

On this day in music history: December 28, 1974 – “Boogie On Reggae Woman” by Stevie Wonder hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 on February 1, 1975. Written and co-produced by Stevie Wonder, it is the tenth R&B chart topper for the Motown icon. In the midst of a highly creative period in his career, Stevie Wonder more often than not, generates more usable material than can fit comfortably on a single LP. “Boogie On Reggae Woman” is one such song, originally written and recorded during sessions for Wonder’s previous album “Innervisions” in mid 1973. When choosing the final track selection for that album, “Boogie On” is held back in favor of the song “Jesus Children Of America”, and is shelved for use at a later date. When work commences on the follow up album “Fulfillingness’ First Finale” in early 1974, co-producer Bob Margouleff suggests to Stevie to pull song from the vault, and include it on the new album. A virtual “one man performance”, the track features Wonder playing nearly all of the instruments including Fender Rhodes electric piano, Mini Moog bass, harmonica, and drums, along with African percussionist Rocky Dzidzornu (The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Taj Mahal) on congas. Issued as the second single from the album on October 23, 1974, “Boogie On Reggae Woman” is Stevie Wonder’s eighteenth top ten pop single in the US. Over the years, the song is covered by Marcus Miller, Clarence McDonald, and Phish. Wonder’s original recording is also sampled by the Beastie Boys, and Biz Markie.