Smokey Robinson has confirmed he recorded a song called "Crime" with Hollywood actor James Franco and his band Daddy.

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"He asked me to do it, and so I did it," the Motown music icon told the New York Post this week.

"It's as simple as that. There's no deep dark secret," Robinson said, noting he and Franco met on a plane two years ago. "James is my brother."

Robinson did not say whether or when the song would be released to the public.