PEOPLE Magazine 40th Anniversary

40 Years Later: Headline Makers
Then & Now

Who was making news in 1974, the year PEOPLE published its first issue? From Stephen King to Barbara Walters to Hank Aaron, look back at who filled our pages then – and find out what they're doing today


1974: Wonder, 23, became the first African-American artist to win a Grammy for Album of the Year, which he did in 1974 for Innervisions, featuring such hits as "Higher Ground" and "Living for the City." The musical prodigy didn't just sing on the album – he also wrote, produced and arranged all of the songs, as well as played all of the instruments.
2014: The 64-year-old music legend, who has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, is going back on the road: His Songs in the Key of Life Performance tour is scheduled to stop in 11 cities, including Seattle, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and Atlanta, in late 2014.