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Lives of the great songs: Nobody does it better: You are the sunshine of my life: Every supper-club singer under the sun has had a go at Stevie Wonder's 1972 classic. And none has cracked it. In the sixth part of our series, Giles Smith shows why

THERE'S a party piece that Stevie Wonder does, if egged on by the people around him. It's an impression of himself 20 years from now, in his early sixties, washed up in some Las Vegas casino, churning out the hits for the supper- club crowd. Just for a few seconds before he cracks up laughing, he becomes a caricature crooner, clicking his fingers, corny as hell. And what he sings is this: 'Yooo-arrrr the sunshine of my life - yeah] - That's why I'll alwaaaaays be arouuunnnnd'. Wonder has a fat songbook to pick from, but this is the number he chooses to ruin for a laugh, ahead of the day when he may have to ruin it for a living.

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Samuel Cohen (Sammy Cahn), lyricist, born New York City 18 June 1913, married 1945 Gloria Delson (one son, one daughter; marriage dissolved 1964), 1970 Tita Curtis, died Los Angeles 15 January 1993.

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My Week: Unaccustomed as I am: Paul Davies gets over his stage fright and gives the speech of his life at a friend's wedding

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