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On this day in music history: July 15, 1967 - "I Was Made To Love Her" by Stevie Wonder hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for four weeks (non-consecutive), also peaking at #2 on the Hot 100 on July 29th. Written by Henry Cosby, Lula Mae Hardaway, Sylvia Moy, and Stevie Wonder, it is the third R&B chart topper for the then 17-year-old Motown star. Staff producer and songwriter Sylvia Moy will come up with the initial idea for the song, drawing upon her own family background while growing up in Arkansas. She will collaborate with producer/songwriter Henry "Hank" Cosby along with Stevie Wonder and his mother Lula who will also contribute lyrics and melody lines to the song. The track is cut at Motown Studio A in Detroit on March 11, 1967 with The Funk Brothers providing the instrumental backing. The strings (played by members of the Detroit Symphony) are added on March 21st, with Wonder recording his lead vocal on March 30th. The background vocals are recorded on March 31st. Released in May of 1967 after a number of mid-charting singles on the pop charts, it will fully restore Wonder to commercial prominence.
Born on this day: July 15, 1944 - Singer/songwriter Millie Jackson (born Mildred Jackson in Thomson, GA). Happy 69th Birthday this pioneering R&B vocalist! We ♥ you Millie for always keeping it real!