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It was clear that Motown had no idea what to do with Stevie Wonder for the first few years of his career. Sure they got an early #1 single by weaponizing the thing they hated about him — his disinclination to leave any stage he was on — but after the fluke of “Fingertips Pt. 2”, just one misstep after another. And whether or not the tribute album to Ray Charles — you see, he was also blind and Black! — or Stevie at the Beach, an album of surf music, was more misguided is not for me to ever figure out.