Meanwhile, in an alternate universe

After Stevie Wonder hit it big with “Superstition” in 1972, it’s no wonder Jeff Beck was perhaps the first to cover it.

While working together in the studio for Wonder’s “Talking Book” album, on which Beck played guitar, Beck concocted the drum beat around which Wonder built the rest of “Superstition.” So Wonder offered the song to Beck.

However, Motown studio chief Berry Gordy thought Wonder ought to keep it for himself. So “Superstition,” by Stevie Wonder, was released by Motown in October 1972.

By that December, Beck was cutting that song in the studio with his new power trio, Beck, Bogert & Appice.

“Superstition,” Beck, Bogert & Appice, from “Beck, Bogert & Appice,” 1973. It’s out of print but is available digitally. When this LP came out, the “Superstition” cover was about the only thing many critics liked about it.

Dig this, too. Now that, friends, is a ’70s power trio.

Beck has played “Superstition” at his shows for years.

Here, he accompanies Wonder. This is from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary show at Madison Square Garden in New York in October 2009.

We now direct you to our other blog, The Midnight Tracker, for more early ’70s supergroupery from Beck, Bogert & Appice.

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