HISTORY IN MUSIC-” YOU HAVEN’T DONE NOTHIN'”- STEVIE WONDER

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History in Music- today’s song is “You Haven’t Done Nothin'”- by the great Stevie Wonder. The song was on Stevie’s Fullfillingness’ First Finale album released in 1974- and was released as a single- and became Stevie’s fourth #1 hit. The Jackson 5 did back up vocals on the song. The song was aimed at the disgraced President Richard Milhous Nixon. The years 1973-74 were rough ones as things continued to look worse for Nixon on a daily basis. It wasn’t until the Republican leaders in the US Senate came to the White House and told him that he had lost their support that Nixon finally acknowledged that the gig was up and resigned from office.  The single was released on August 7, 1974- two days later Milhous Nixon resigned as President of the United States. Maybe Stevie pushed him over the edge. This single was a political single- the b-side “Big Brother” was taken from an earlier Wonder album Talking Book.

Shortly after Milhous split town- Wonder released the following statement. “Everybody promises you everything but in the end, nothing comes out of it. I don’t vote for anybody until after they have really done something that I know about. I want to see them do something first. The only trouble is that you always hear the president or people say that they are doing all they can. And they feed you with hopes for years and years. I’m sick and tired of listening to all their lies.

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