15Stevie Wonder - Steveland Hardaway Judkins

When Stevie Wonder was born in Saginaw, Michigan, he was given the weirdest name around—Steveland Hardaway Judkins. Now, this name, which sounds like every Steve’s favorite theme park, didn’t stick long. First went the last name. After Steveland’s mother left his father, she changed Hardaway Judkins to Morris, a

surname that he still uses on legal documents today. Next, during an audition at Motown for Barry Gordy, a producer, Clarence Paul, called him “Little Stevie Wonder,” and the name pretty much stuck around from that day on. Rumor has it that the city of Cleveland was named after Steveland, but that can’t be confirmed nor denied. No, it’s not true. Cleveland was named for Moses Cleaveland in the 1800’s. Steveland. Heh!

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