When Stevie Wonder released “Songs in the Key of Life,” in 1976, some at Motown were uneasy. Two years had passed since his last album with the label, “Fulfillingness’ First Finale,” which had been No. 1 on Billboard’s pop chart for two weeks. “Songs,” by contrast, was a hefty double album with a four-song bonus EP that risked overwhelming the market.
Stevie Wonder: “Love’s in Need of Love Today” wasn’t the first song I wrote for the album, but there was something about it that insisted on being the album’s opener.