On this day in music history: August 7, 1970 -…

On this day in music history: August 7, 1970 – “Signed, Sealed & Delivered”, the twelfth album by Stevie Wonder is released. Produced by Stevie Wonder, Henry Cosby, Ron Miller and Steve Marcel BegaIt, it is recorded at Motown Studio A and Studio B (Golden World) in Detroit, MI from November 1969 – March 1970. After co-writing several of his hit singles going back to “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” in late 1965, Stevie Wonder becomes restless at being under the control of various producers at Motown, longing become more involved and having a great say in the creative process of making his records. Though only nineteen years old at the time, Wonder successfully lobbies for the right work as a co-producer. “Signed, Sealed & Delivered” is the first album in which Stevie Wonder receives a production credit, producing or co-producing five tracks. The album spins off three hit singles including “Heaven Help Us All” (#3 R&B, #9 Pop), “We Can Work It Out” (#3 R&B, #13 Pop) and the title track (#1 R&B, #3 Pop). Originally issued on CD in the US in the mid 80’s (as a two-fer with “My Cherie Amour”), it later reissued as a stand alone disc. The album is also available in remastered form as a Japanese SHM-CD, issued in a mini replica of the original vinyl LP artwork. “Signed, Sealed & Delivered” peaks at number twenty five on the Billboard Top 200, and number seven on the R&B album chart.