Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson Brief Biography

Smokey Robinson
William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr. (born February 19, 1940) is an American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. Robinson was the founder and front man of the Motown vocal group The Miracles, for which he also served as the group's chief songwriter and producer. Robinson led the group from its 1955 origins as The Five Chimes until 1972 when he announced a retirement from the stage to focus on his role as Motown's vice president.

However, Robinson returned to the music industry as a solo artist the following year, later having solo hits such as "Baby That's Backatcha", "A Quiet Storm", "The Agony and the Ecstasy", "Cruisin'", "Being With You" and "Just to See Her". Following the sale of Motown Records in 1988, Robinson left Motown in 1990. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

Smokey Robinson News

• Aretha Franklin's funeral to have music legends and heads of state
• Smokey Robinson to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song
• Smokey Robinson and Alisan Porter to perform on U.S. 'Capitol Fourth' special
• Trent Harmon: I sort of have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I feel like any moment I could get cut from 'American Idol'

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