Robinson, sometimes called the "King of Motown," delivered 37 Top 40 hits for the Motown record label between 1960 and 1987 and served as the company's vice president from 1961 to 1988.
Motown played an important role in the racial integration of U.S. popular music. Thursday evening's concert "will include tributes to Motown's distinctive soul-infused pop music sound that solidified its popularity in American culture, and showcase Motown's impact on all music," the White House said.
Before the concert, the first lady will host more than 100 students from California, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Washington, D.C., in an arts-education workshop on Motown's history called "The Sound of Young America," the White House said.
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