"Superstition" is a song by American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder
Jeff Beck was an admirer of Wonder's music, and Wonder was informed of this prior to the Talking Book album sessions.
Wonder liked the idea of a collaboration with Beck.
An agreement was quickly made for Beck to become involved in the sessions that became the Talking Book album,
in return for Wonder writing him a song.
In between the album sessions, Beck came up with the opening drum beat. When Wonder heard the beat being played, he told Beck to keep playing while he improvised over the top of it. Wonder ended up improvising most of the song, including the riff, on the spot. In addition to the opening drum beat, Beck, together with Wonder, created the first rough demo for the song later that same day.
After finishing the lyrics, arrangement, production and recording of the song, Wonder decided that he would allow Beck to record "Superstition" as part of their agreement. Originally, the plan was for Beck to release his version of the song first, with his newly formed power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice. However, due to the combination of the trio's debut album getting delayed and Motown CEO Berry Gordy's prediction that "Superstition" would be a huge hit and greatly increase the sales of Talking Book, Wonder ended up releasing the song as the Talking Book lead single months ahead of Beck's version.