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Friday, 25 January, 2002, 10:17 GMT
Wonder told to resolve legal battle
Wonder had a US number one at the age of 13
Wonder had a US number one at the age of 13
A judge has told singing legend Stevie Wonder to use a mediator to resolve a $30m (21m) legal dispute with his former girlfriend.

Angela McAfee claims he broke an agreement that he would maintain her Los Angeles home, even if the couple broke up.

She claims Wonder courted her for more than 10 years, encouraged her to quit her job as a wardrobe consultant and let him be the sole breadwinner.

Ms McAfee claims that the verbal agreement was broken when Wonder moved out and stopped paying rent.

Wonder, 51, is also suing Ms McAfee, saying she removed objects worth $160,000 (112,400) from the house, including a granite table, pianos, a drum set and other equipment.

Judge Emilie Elias hopes the two can settle their differences before their next court date 25 April.

Motown

Wonder was born in 1950 and he went blind within hours of his birth.

His mother would not let him out of the house as he was growing up, so to amuse himself, he kept rhythm with the music he heard on the radio by beating spoons on pots, pans, and anything else he could find.

He became proficient on real instruments, and was signed by Motown boss Berry Gordy at the age of just 10.

Three years later he had the first Motown song to hit the US number one spot with the harmonica showcase Fingertips (Part Two).

The hits continued throughout the 1960s and early 1970s with classics including Uptight (Everything's Alright), Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) and Superstition.

Wonder had to wait until 1984 before he hit number one in the UK with I Just Called To Say I Love You.

See also:

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