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Master Blaster (Jammin')

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"Master Blaster (Jammin')"
Master Blaster Jammin.jpg
Single by Stevie Wonder
from the album Hotter than July
B-side "Master Blaster (Instrumental)" (7")
"Master Blaster (Dub)" (12")
Released September 12, 1980
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1980
Genre Reggae
Length 6:11 (12")
5:08 (Album)
4:49 (7")
Label Tamla
Songwriter(s) Stevie Wonder
Producer(s) Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder singles chronology
"Happy Birthday"
(1980)
"Master Blaster (Jammin')"
(1980)
"I Ain't Gonna Stand for It"
(1980)

"Happy Birthday"
(1980)
"Master Blaster (Jammin')"
(1980)
"I Ain't Gonna Stand for It"
(1980)

"Master Blaster (Jammin)" is a 1980 single by American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder from his 1980 album Hotter than July.

History

The song, built on a heavy reggae feel, is an ode to reggae legend Bob Marley; Wonder had been performing live with Marley (billing him as an opening act) on his US tour in the fall of that year. Lyrics mention "children of Jah", "Marley's Hot on the box" and the end of the civil war in Zimbabwe.

The song was the leading single from Wonder's Hotter than July album. It was a major hit, spending seven weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B singles chart, reaching number five on Billboard's pop singles chart in the fall of 1980[1] and peaking at number two on the UK Singles chart. The song includes the line "hotter than July", per the album title.

Personnel

  • Stevie Wonder - Vocals, Fender Rhodes, Clavinet, Organ, Background Vocals
  • Nathan Watts - Bass, Background Vocals
  • Benjamin Bridges - Guitar, Background Vocals
  • Dennis Davis - Drums
  • Earl DeRouen - Percussion, Background Vocals
  • Isaiah Sanders - Background Vocals, Pianet, Organ
  • Hank Redd – Saxophone
  • Larry Gittens – Trumpet
  • Rick Zunigar - Guitar
  • Background Vocals - Angela Winbush, Alexandra Brown Evans, Shirley Brewer, Marva Holcolm

Chart history

DJ Luck & MC Neat version

"Masterblaster 2000"
Single by DJ Luck & MC Neat feat. JJ
from the album It's All Good
Released 1999 (as "On Da Street" on Red Rose EP)
May 2000 (single)
Format CD single, 12"
Recorded 1999
Genre UK garage
Label Red Rose Recordings
Songwriter(s) Stevie Wonder
Producer(s) DJ Luck
DJ Luck & MC Neat singles chronology
"A Little Bit of Luck"
(1999)
"Masterblaster 2000"
(1999)
"Ain't No Stoppin' Us"
(2000)

"A Little Bit of Luck"
(1999)
"Masterblaster 2000"
(2000)
"Ain't No Stoppin' Us"
(2000)

"Master Blaster (Jammin')" was covered by UK garage duo DJ Luck & MC Neat featuring singer JJ, initially titled as "On Da Street" which was released on the Red Rose EP in 1999. It was released the following year as a single and retitled as "Masterblaster 2000". Their version was a Top 5 hit, peaking at no. 5 on the UK Singles Chart.[11]

It samples the All-Star Remix of "No Diggity" by Blackstreet, which itself samples "As Long As I've Got You" by The Charmels.[12]

Charts

Chart (2000) Peak
position
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[13] 37
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 5

Other versions

A 1998 version with Wyclef Jean appears on the soundtrack to the film How Stella Got Her Groove Back. "Master Blaster (Jammin')" has also been covered by James Last (1981), Jehro (2006) and Minnie Driver (2014).[15]

On 31 December 2014, Ed Sheeran covered this on the Jools Holland Hootenanny music show. Ed sang accompanied by Jools' Rhythm and Blue Orchestra.[16]

During the Stevie Wonder: Songs In the Key of Life – An All-Star Grammy Salute Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran performed a version of the song. The show aired on 16 February 2015 on CBS.[17]

References

External links

This page was last edited on 9 July 2018, at 02:29
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