” I Just Called to Say I Love You ” is by Stevie Wonder ( Stevland Hardaway Morris ), the American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist. Stevie has been blind since he was born due to an error while he was in an incubator.
He has enjoyed a long and successful career and is considered to be one of music’s most critically acclaimed artists. Discovered in 1960 by Ronnie White or the Miracles, he was signed to a newly formed record label, Tamla Mowtown.
In a lengthy career which has spanned over 50 years, Stevie has recorded more than 30 Billboard Top Ten hits. He has received 25 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most-awarded male solo artists in history. Sales of his music have passed the 100 million records worldwide milestone, making Stevie one of the best-selling music artists ever.
” I Just Called to Say I Love You ” was written and produced by Stevie Wonder. The song was released on the 1st of August 1984 by record label Motown ( Universal Music Group ) and taken as the lead single from The Woman in Red: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
The album, also featuring Dionne Warwick, was the second soundtrack released by Stevie Wonder on the Motown label. The album which was released in 1984 for the film of the same name, reached number four on the Billboard 200 and peaked at Number One on the R&B Albums Chart in the United States.
In the United Kingdom, it reached number two on the UK Albums Chart, being denied the top spot by Now That’s What I Call Music 3 and David Bowie’s Tonight.
The film, The Woman in Red, was an American romantic comedy directed and written by Gene Wilder, who also starred in the movie along with Charles Grodin, Gilda Radner, Joseph Bologna, Judith Ivey and Kelly Le Brock. He’d adapted the story from the Yves Robert 1976 French comedy film Pardon Mon Affaire.
Filmed in late 1983 it was the acting debut for model Kelly Le Brock who gained publicity for the skirt-and-grate scene, which was based on Marilyn Monroe’s iconic pose in the 1955 film, The Seven Year Itch.
The success of the song led to a dispute between Stevie Wonder, Lee Garrett ( Stevie’s former writing partner ) and Lloyd Chiate as to was responsible for writing the song. A lawsuit was filed with Lloyd Chiate claiming it was both himself and Lee Garrett who wrote it some years before its release. A jury threw out the claim and found in favour of Stevie Wonder.
” I Just Called to Say I Love You ” was a commercial success for Stevie Wonder. In the United States, the song reached Number One on the Billboard Hot 100, spending three weeks at the top. It was also Number One on the Billboard R&B and Adult Contemporary charts.
In the United Kingdom, the single entered the UK Singles Chart on the 25th of August 1984 and reached Number One, holding the top spot for six weeks. It spent eleven weeks in the Top Ten and a total of thirty-nine weeks on the UK chart.
It was to be Stevie’s only UK Singles Chart Number One and the biggest-selling single in the country for the record label Motown.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 1, Austrian Singles Chart 1, Canadian Singles Chart 1, Danish Singles Chart 1, Dutch Singles Chart 1, European Billboard Hot 100 Singles 1, French Singles Chart 1, German Singles Chart 1, Irish Singles Chart 1, Italian Singles Chart 1, Norwegian Singles Chart 1, New Zealand Singles Chart 1, Spain (AFYVE) 1, Swedish Singles Chart 1, Swiss Singles Chart 1
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