I’ve been waiting 14 years for tonight, Stevie finally gets round to treating London to a knockout night of soul done the right way. To mark an occasion I’m almost too excited to type about, I’m serving up “You Met Your Match” from 1968’s For Once In My Life.
It’s an interesting song from Stevie for a number of reasons, it’s one of his first muscular, funkier workouts, run through with some mean clavinet work. It drops the romantic themes of his earlier hits, reflecting his relative maturity at a tender 18. The tune even hints at a menage a trois at one stage, despite being one of his many early tunes to be co-penned by his mother, Lulu Mae Hardaway. Bung in some moog stylings and it’s a tune that could easily sit on his quantum leap coming-of-age recording Music of My Mind. It reached #2 on the R&B charts and #35 on the Pop charts in the US
Before the music, some Stevie facts to enjoy.
- Stevie has more Grammy Awards than any other solo artist (26). Upon winning his Grammy for “Still Crazy After All These Years” in 1976, Paul Simon thanked Stevie. For not releasing any albums that year.
- Stevie is sho’ nuff eclectic. He’s appeared on albums by The Flying Burrito Brothers, Prefab Sprout, The Beach Boys, Eddie Murphy, Neil Diamond, John Barry, Paul Young and… Steven Seagal.
- Stevie’s blindness was caused by retinopathy of prematurity. If it hadn’t been for his musical talent, Stevie’s mum reckoned he would have been selling pencils on the street.