Writer: Stevie Wonder
Original Release: October 24, 1972
Album: Talking Book (lead single)
"Superstition" is a work of genius. That's almost redundant when speaking of the music of Stevie Wonder but the creation of this particular song - one of his biggest hits, mind you - is especially extraordinary. Guitarist Jeff Beck, a rising star in his own right, was brought in to collaborate during the Talking Book sessions. One day, between recording sessions, he played what would become the opening drum beat of "Superstition." Stevie asked Beck to keep playing while he improvised the rest of the song. That's right. One of the masterpieces of funk and soul, including its signature organ riff, was essentially made up on the spot. On the final recording, Stevie played all of the parts except trumpet and sax.
I first heard the song, and Stevie, on Sesame Street: