"He's Misstra Know-It-All" is a UK hit single by Stevie Wonder for the Tamla (Motown) label, from his Innervisions album, which reached #10 on the UK Singles Chart in May 1974.[1] The song takes the form of a mellow ballad with a steady beat, principally a solo performance with Wonder providing lead vocal, background vocal, piano, drums, handclaps and congas. Ethereal flute-like sounds are provided by his TONTO modular synthesiser. Willie Weeks, on electric bass, is the only other musician. Towards the end of the song the mood changes, to a stronger feel, more strident singing and with hand-claps emphasising the beat, half-beat and quarter-beat.

The song was released again, in 1977, in both the UK and US, as the B-side to Sir Duke.

The song is essentially a long description of a know-it-all confidence trickster character who is a "man with a plan", who has a slick answer to all his critics and who has "a counterfeit dollar in his hand."


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A. He's Misstra Know-It-All – 6:08 B. You Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover [2]


  • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, background vocal, piano, drums, handclaps, T.O.N.T.O. synthesizer, congas
  • Willie Weeks – electric bass


  • Danny Grant, from the album The Light Of Day
  • Moxy Früvous, from the album Fruvous Live
  • Heleen van den Hombergh, from the album Here, There & Everywhere
  • Eric Van Aro, from the album Friends
  • The Synthesizer Rock Orchestra, from the album Classic Trax of Stevie Wonder

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