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Smokey Robinson is the man, plain and simple. If you're looking for the all-time number-one purveyor of mainstream romantic soul, Smokey Robinson may well be the man, in the face of some towering competition. With the Miracles in the 1960s, Smokey Robinson paced dozens of tuneful Motown hits with his beautiful high tenor. As a solo performer from the 1970s onward, Smokey Robinson was one of the staples of urban contemporary music. But his singing gifts, as notable as they are, comprise only one of his hats: he's also one of pop's best and most prolific songwriters. As a songwriter and producer, Smokey Robinson was the most important musical component to Motown's early success, not only on the hits by the Miracles, but for numerous other acts as well (especially Mary Wells and the Temptations).

Smokey Robinson first crossed paths with Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. in the late '50s in Detroit. In retrospect, this may have been the most important meeting in both men's lives. Smokey Robinson needed a mentor and an outlet for his budding talents as a singer and songwriter; the ambitious Gordy needed someone with multi-faceted musical vision. Gordy encouraged and polished Smokey Robinson 's songwriting in particular in the early days, in which the Miracles were one of many acts bridging the doo-wop and early soul eras.

Smokey Robinson and the rest of the Miracles get closer to Gordy Jr. Before solidifying their relationship with the embryonic Motown operation, the Miracles issued a few singles on the End and Chess labels, the most successful of which was "Got a Job." There was no national action for the Miracles until "Shop Around" in late 1960. Gordy withdrew the original single in favor of a faster, more fully produced version of the song; it made number two, doing much not only to establish the Miracles, but to establish the Motown label itself. The song also heralded many of the important elements of the Motown sound, with its gospel-ish interplay between lead and backup vocals, its rhythmic groove, and its blend of R&B and pop.

While Smokey Robinson is most often thought of as a romantic balladeer, the Miracles were also capable of grinding out some excellent up-tempo party tunes, particularly in their early days. "Mickey's Monkey" (which the group gave an athletically electrifying performance of in the 1964 T.A.M.I. Show movie), a 1963 Top Ten hit, is the most famous of these; there was also "Going to a Go-Go" and smaller hits like "I Gotta Dance to Keep From Crying." The 1962 Top Ten hit "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," however, was the key cut in forming Smokey Robinson 's romantic persona, with its pleading, soaring vocals, exquisite melody, and carefully crafted lyrics. Bob Dylan was impressed enough by Smokey Robinson 's facility for imaginative wordplay to dub him " America's greatest living poet" (a phrase which has possibly become the most quoted example of one rock giant praising another).

Smokey Robinson 's achievements during the 1960sare astounding; one wonders if the man ever slept. While the Miracles were never Motown's biggest act at any given time, they were one of its very most consistent, entering the Top 40 25 times over the course of the decade. "I Second That Emotion," "The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage," "The Tracks of My Tears," "Ooo Baby Baby," and "Baby, Baby Don't Cry" were some of their biggest singles, and usually represented Motown at its most sophisticated and urbane. Robinson also was extremely active at Motown as a songwriter and producer for other acts. The number one singles "My Guy" (Mary Wells) and "My Girl" (Temptations) were each Smokey Robinson songs and productions (the latter with fellow Miracle Ronnie White), and Smokey Robinson also did some excellent work with the Marvelettes and Marvin Gaye. He also toured with the Miracles, and started a family with the Miracles' female singer, Claudette Rogers, whom Smokey Robinson married in 1964. Rogers stopped touring with the group in the mid-'60s, although she continued to sing on their records.

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles become Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Starting in 1967, the billing on Miracles releases was changed to Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, presaging Robinson's solo career. The group continued to spin out hits until the early '70s, however, getting their only number one in 1970 with the upbeat "The Tears of a Clown" (which had actually been recorded back in 1966). Smokey Robinson left the group to go on his own in 1972; the Miracles continued without him with limited success, although they had a number one hit in 1976 with "Love Machine, Pt. 1."

Smokey Robinson had been made a vice president at Motown near the beginning of his career in 1961. He recorded frequently as a solo artist for Motown in the '70s and '80s, in a considerably mellower vein than his Miracles work, in keeping with the general shift of Motown and soul toward urban contemporary. Robinson, in fact, provided that genre with one of its catch phrases with the title of his 1975 album, A Quiet Storm. "Cruisin'" (1979) and "Being With You" (1981) were Smokey Robinson's biggest solo hits, although artistically and commercially Smokey Robinson's solo era wasn't nearly as successful as his music with the Miracles.

In 2003, Smokey Robinson served as a guest judge for American Idol during "Billy Joel Week." Robinson's company SFGL Foods markets a special brand of gumbo, "Smokey Robinson's 'The Soul is in the Bowl' Gumbo." He issued a gospel LP, Food for the Spirit in 2004. A new album of pop standards from the early 20th century, Timeless Love, is scheduled for release in June 2006.

Smokey Robinson launched a line of soul food entrees with the slogan "The Soul is in the Bowl" in 2004 and in May 2006, at its 138th Commencement Convocation, Howard University conferred on Robinson the degree of Doctor of Music, honoris causa.


 

Smokey Robinson Song List
  • "Baby Come Close"
  • "Baby That's Backatcha"
  • "Being With You"
  • "Just To See Her"
  • "Virgin Man"
  • "Open"
  • "Quiet Storm"
  • "I Am I Am"
  • "There Will Come a Day (I'm Gonna Happen to You)"
  • "Cruisin'"
  • "Heavy on Pride (Light on Love)"
  • "Let Me Be the Clock"
  • "One Heartbeat"
  • "Everything You Touch"
  • "Ebony Eyes"
  • "Blame It on Love"
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