Stevie photographed in 1963 | the same year he made history as the youngest artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 with Fingertips at the age of thirteen and became the first artist to have a simultaneous number one single and album in the U.S.
What a glorious photo!
I also recently came across this insane video of Stevie at the Apollo in 1963. I’d seen plenty of televised versions of “Fingertips” that are quite nice, typically just playing to the studio recording’s backing track, but this one ain’t nice at all. LOL It’s all live, and it’s 7 minutes of fire.
Stevie starts on bongos (!!!), swings into harmonica, the 10-piece band jumps to its feet to swing along, and after a thunderous ovation, Stevie gets pulled back for a brief, vamped encore that’s even hotter. “Let’s swing it one more time!”