SMOKEY ROBINSON


BIO: Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America’s “greatest living poet,” acclaimed singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson’s career spans over 4 decades of hits. He has received numerous awards including the Grammy Living Legend Award, NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, Honorary Doctorate (Howard University), Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States. He has also been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Robinson founded The Miracles while still in high school. The group was Berry Gordy’s first vocal group, and it was at Robinson’s suggestion that Gordy started the Motown Record dynasty. Their single of Robinson’s “Shop Around” became Motown’s first #1 hit on the R&B singles chart. In the years following, Robinson continued to pen hits for the group including “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Ooo Baby Baby,” “The Tracks of My Tears,” “Going to a Go-Go,” “More Love,” “Tears of a Clown” (co-written with Stevie Wonder), and “I Second That Emotion.” The Miracles dominated the R&B scene throughout the 1960’s and early 70’s and Robinson became Vice President of Motown Records serving as in-house producer, talent scout and songwriter. In addition to writing hits for the Miracles, Robinson wrote and produced hits for other Motown greats including The Temptations, Mary Wells, Brenda Holloway, Marvin Gaye and others. “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “My Girl,” “Get Ready,” “You Beat Me to the Punch,” “Don’t Mess with Bill,” “Ain’t That Peculiar,” and “My Guy” are just a few of his songwriting triumphs during those years. John Lennon of The Beatles made countless remarks regarding Robinson’s influence on his music. The Beatles had recorded Robinson and The Miracles’ “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me” in 1963 and in 1982 another popular British group, The Rolling Stones covered the Robinson and the Miracles’ hit “Going To A Go-Go.” He later turned to a solo career where he continued his tradition of hitmaking with “Just to See Her,” “Quiet Storm,” “Cruisin’,” and “Being with You,” among others. He remained Vice President of Motown records until the sale of the company, shaping the label’s success with friend and mentor Berry Gordy. Following his tenure at Motown, he continued his impressive touring career and released several successful solo albums. During the course of his 50-year career in music, Robinson has accumulated more than 4,000 songs to his credit and continues to thrill sold-out audiences around the world with his high tenor voice, impeccable timing, and profound sense of lyric. Never resting on his laurels, Smokey Robinson remains a beloved icon in our musical heritage.

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by TV News Desk - June 04, 2020

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by Peter Nason - April 16, 2020

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by TV News Desk - February 17, 2020

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by TV News Desk - February 13, 2020

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by TV News Desk - February 10, 2020

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by TV News Desk - February 06, 2020

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by TV News Desk - January 24, 2020

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by TV News Desk - January 22, 2020

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by TV News Desk - January 16, 2020

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by TV News Desk - January 13, 2020

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by TV News Desk - October 29, 2019

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SiriusXM to Launch Holiday Music Channels SiriusXM to Launch Holiday Music Channels
by TV News Desk - October 24, 2019

SiriusXM announced today its extensive holiday music lineup featuring 15 commercial free channels including the much anticipated Holly and Holiday Traditions channels. Hallmark Channel Radio will kick off the holiday season Friday, October 25, and 12 more music channels will start broadcasting on Fr... (more...)
VIDEO: Anderson .Paak & Smokey Robinson Perform 'Make It Better' on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! VIDEO: Anderson .Paak & Smokey Robinson Perform 'Make It Better' on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!
by Stage Tube - October 04, 2019

Anderson .Paak & Smokey Robinson perform Make It Better on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.' Watch the clip below!... (more...)
CMT CROSSROADS: SHERYL CROW & FRIENDS to Premiere September 27 CMT CROSSROADS: SHERYL CROW & FRIENDS to Premiere September 27
by TV News Desk - September 12, 2019

Nine-time GRAMMY® Award-winning artist, Sheryl Crow, brings her final album THREADS  to life as she invites her friends and collaborators for an all-star television event. a?oeCMT Crossroads: Sheryl Crow & Friendsa?? premieres Friday, September 27 at 10PM ET/9PM CT. Joined by legendary artists such ... (more...)
Jackie Wilson Receives A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Jackie Wilson Receives A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
by TV News Desk - September 04, 2019

JACKIE WILSON, the legendary entertainer from Detroit is receiving the 2,672nd Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame today in Hollywood, presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in a ceremony that will be streamed-live exclusively today, Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at 11:30 A.M. PDT. The posthu... (more...)
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by TV News Desk - August 30, 2019

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VIDEO: James Corden Has a Soul Riff-Off with Smokey Robinson VIDEO: James Corden Has a Soul Riff-Off with Smokey Robinson
by Stage Tube - August 15, 2019

On Wednesday night's episode of The Late Late Show, host James Corden recaps his experience of seeing the upcoming documentary 'Hitsville: The Making of Motown,' he admits that although the film is great, he prefers the soulful hits of today's artists. But when the legend Smokey Robinson shows up to... (more...)
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by BWW News Desk - July 23, 2019

MTV today unveiled the nominations for the 2019 a?oeVMAs,a?? which includes dozens of artists whose reach and influence have elevated the music industry and global cultural conversation. Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift lead the nominations with 10 nods each in categories including, a?oeVideo of the Y... (more...)
Imogen Heap Receives Honorary Doctorate in Valencia, Spain Imogen Heap Receives Honorary Doctorate in Valencia, Spain
by TV News Desk - July 09, 2019

Berklee President Roger H. Brown presented an honorary Doctor of Music degree yesterday to acclaimed recording artist Imogen Heap during the commencement ceremony for the master's degree programs at Berklee's campus in Valencia, Spain. In advance of the ceremony, graduate students prepared and perfo... (more...)
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by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2019

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Smokey Robinson Returns to Wynn Las Vegas for Three-Night Engagement Smokey Robinson Returns to Wynn Las Vegas for Three-Night Engagement
by TV News Desk - April 29, 2019

Following his successful, sold-out debut at Wynn Las Vegas in February, legendary singer-songwriter, record producer and record executive Smokey Robinson will make his return to the Encore Theater for a second headlining engagement of 'Live in Vegas!' in Sept. 2019. Robinson will bring his famed hit... (more...)
Music Biz Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees Music Biz Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees
by TV News Desk - March 26, 2019

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) today announces this year's inductees for its Music Business Hall of Fame, including the late Sir George Martin, who will be inducted by his son Giles Martin. This year's honorees will be recognized during the Music Biz 2019 Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner -- ... (more...)
BTS, Anna Kendrick Among Presenters for the GRAMMY AWARDS BTS, Anna Kendrick Among Presenters for the GRAMMY AWARDS
by TV News Desk - February 07, 2019

 An eclectic all-star lineup of artists, musicians, actors, and comedians will take the stage as presenters at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards®. This year's presenters include current GRAMMY®nominees Kelsea Ballerini, Leon Bridges, Luke Combs, and Charlie Wilson; GRAMMY winners Alessia Cara, Eve, John... (more...)
Cedric the Entertainer and Smokey Robinson to Host MOTOWN 60: A GRAMMY CELEBRATION Cedric the Entertainer and Smokey Robinson to Host MOTOWN 60: A GRAMMY CELEBRATION
by TV News Desk - February 06, 2019

Just two days after THE 61ST ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS®, CBS, the Recording Academy and AEG Ehrlich Ventures will celebrate the historic American record label Motown Records by presenting MOTOWN 60: A GRAMMY® CELEBRATION, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and GRAMMY Award winner Smokey Robinson. The speci... (more...)