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“Superstition” is a popular song written, produced, arranged, and performed by Stevie Wonder for Motown Records in 1972, when Wonder was twenty-two years old. It was included on Wonder’s Talking Book album and released as a single in many countries. It reached number one in the USA, and number eleven in the UK, in February 1973.

Wonder had actually written this song for Jeff Beck, but at the insistence of his own manager, Wonder himself recorded it first. Beck was instead offered “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers”, which he recorded for 1975’s Blow by Blow. Jeff Beck played guitar on Talking Book and later recorded his own version of “Superstition” with Beck, Bogert & Appice.

Wonder’s music had been undergoing a marked change from his earlier Motown pop to a more personal style. This shift had been evident on his two prior albums, but it was Talking Book, and “Superstition” in particular that brought the new style to the awareness of the public in general.

The song deals with superstitions, and mentions several popular fables in its lyrics.

“Superstition” is immediately recognizable for its opening drum beat, which was performed by Wonder, and for its notably funky clavinet riff. The song also heavily features brass instruments and saxophones, notably a trumpet lead by Trevor Laurence, and the electronic Arp and Moog synthesizer sounds that Malcolm Cecil and Robert Margouleff helped to create for the album.

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