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  Smokey Robinson - MSN Encarta
Smokey Robinson, born in 1940, popular rhythm-and-blues (R&B) singer and songwriter, known for his romantic lyrics and his passionate, high-reaching voice.
A leading member of the Motown vocal group the Miracles from 1958 to 1971, Robinson was one of the most influential singers and songwriters in popular music during the 1960s and 1970s.
Robinson's “You Beat Me to the Punch” (1962) and “My Guy” (1964) were written for soul singer Mary Wells, and he wrote “Ain't That Peculiar” (1965) for soul singer Marvin Gaye.
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 Smokey Robinson - Biography - AOL Music
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 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.
While Robinson is most often thought of as a romantic balladeer, the Miracles were also capable of grinding out some excellent uptempo party tunes, particularly in their early days.
music.aol.com /artist/smokey-robinson/5289/biography   (810 words)

 Smokey Robinson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Born William Robinson on February 19, 1940 in Detroit, “Smokey” was a natural nickname for the grey-green eyed singer/songwriter.
Robinson was lead singer of The Miracles as well as a key songwriter for many Motown recording artists (including Mary Wells, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and The Four Tops).
Smokey Robinson's role as performer and songwriter led him to write/produce hundreds of songs, some of the most popular to ever hit the air waves.
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 Smokey Robinson
Smokey Robinson formed the Matadors in 1954 at Northern High School with friends Warren Moore, Bobby Rodgers, Emerson Rodgers, and Ronnie White.
Smokey 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.
Smokey's solo career was not filled with as many consistent single hits as his time with the Miracles, however, when Smokey did hit the charts, he did it well.
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 Smokey Robinson Biography and Update at SoulTracks
In 1972 Robinson left the Miracles for a solo career and a bigger job in the Motown organization, and was replaced by Billy Griffin.
Smokey continued to score in the early 80s with big hits like "Bein' With You" and "Tell Me Tomorrow," but became creatively and physically incapacitated by a cocaine addition that he chronicled in his autobiography, but which he almost miraculously overcame in 1987, in time to release the smash album One Heartbeat.
Smokey's jazz instincts are unfortunately diluted on some songs by after-the-fact strings that were added to the recording, but his warm vocalizing (amazingly his voice sounds unchanged, even at age 67) nonetheless lifts up such familiar numbers as "More Than You Know" and "Speak Low," and gives them new life as cozy ballads.
www.soultracks.com /smokey_robinson.htm   (1201 words)

 Smooth Jazz Now : Smokey Robinson
Smokey Robinson Sticks to It May 20, 2003 - The music business has changed a lot since his early days at Motown but Smokey Robinson says the secret to his longevity is just sticking to his own style.
Robinson says in the old days, if a song was a hit, all the stations, regardless of format, would play that song.
Robinson's advice is to come out as strong as you can in your category and hope for the best.
www.smoothjazznow.com /artist_smokey_robinson.htm   (312 words)

 Smokey Robinson Biography | Encyclopedia of World Biography
Robinson was lucky to have encountered Berry Gordy during an audition for another agent; Gordy, then a fledgling music producer on a shoestring budget, was equally fortunate to have found Robinson.
Robinson and the Miracles were Gordy's first star-quality group, and they continued their association with Motown as the company gained prestige.
Robinson's records of the late 1980s, when he was well into his third decade in the music business, continued to garner popularity and the approval of critics.
www.bookrags.com /biography/smokey-robinson   (1502 words)

 Collins' Oldies Website: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
Smokey wrote songs not only for the Miracles but also for other Motown acts, including Mary Wells and the Temptations; some of the Miracles co-wrote songs with him.
In 1986 Smokey and Claudette divorced, and in 1995 Ronnie died of leukemia.
Smokey may not have intended this song as a moral lesson, but with nearly half of all marriages in the United States ending in divorce nowadays, parents could use this song as a tool to teach their children not to rush into marriage.
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 Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Classic Motown
Robinson was now in demand by other Motown artists: Gordy used him as a one-man hit factory, to mastermind releases by the Temptations and Mary Wells, and the Miracles' own career suffered slightly as a result.
Although Robinson sang lead on almost all the group's recordings, the rest of the group provided a unique harmony blend behind him, while guitarist Marv Tarplin - who co-wrote several of their hits - was incorporated as an unofficial Miracle from the mid-60s onwards.
Robinson wrote their most ambitious and enduring songs, however, including 'The Tears Of A Clown' in 1966 (a belated hit in the UK and USA in 1970), 'The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage', and 'I Second That Emotion' in 1967.
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Smokey examined "love" from many different angles (like all good pulp writers – the "angle" was the first destination), and with a certain amount of depth.
Smokey was more elaborate than the other Motown producers: he took time with bridges and digressions; and his tunes escape the claustrophobia of studio arrangements.
Smokey’s vocal style, though fluctuating in quality, was usually the perfect emotive falsetto, always natural, with an edge that allowed him to push the dynamic, and enough tone to save it from the monotony that can victimize falsetto singing.
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 Smokey Robinson - Book Smokey Robinson for Corporate Events, Fund Raisers
Smokey names his replacement, Billy Griffin, at the Carter Batton Amphitheater in Washington, D.C. on July 12 during the group's farewell tour.
Smokey's solo career is not filled with as many consistent single hits as his career with the Miracles.
Smokey is inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame by Whitney Houston on May 30, 1990.
www.onlinetalent.com /Smokey_Robinson.htm   (749 words)

 Smokey Robinson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Robinson is noted for being one of the primary figures associated with the Motown record label, second only to the company's founder, Berry Gordy.
Robinson was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and was nicknamed "Smokey" as a child, because of his love of westerns.
Smokey Robinson is scheduled to appear on Duets on Fox along with Randy Travis, Patti Labelle, Chaka Khan, Dionne Warwick, Aaron Neville, Clint Black, Michael Bolton, Kenny Loggins, Brian McKnight, Macy Gray, Richard Marx, and Cyndi Lauper.
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 Smokey Robinson -- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee
William "Smokey" Robinson was born in Detroit on February 19, 1940.
Robinson won a Grammy in 1987 for "Just To See Her." Robinson served as producer and vice president of Motown Records.
Robinson's biggest solo hits were "Cruisin'"(#4 on the charts) and "Being With You" (#2 on the charts) in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
www.michiganhistorymagazine.com /extra/rockroll/smokey.html   (192 words)

 Smokey Robinson - Leading Authorities Speakers Bureau
Of recent, in February 2003, Smokey was given the National Medal of Arts Award - the most prestigious and highest honor an artist can receive - by the President of the United States.
Smokey's Motown recordings became radio staples, while his songs have been recorded by a diverse array of artists worldwide, including The Beatles, D'Angelo, Terence Trent D'Arby, Aretha Franklin, Jackson 5, Massive Attack, Dolly Parton, The Rolling Stones, and others.
Smokey mania reached a new peak in 1987 when new wave rockers ABC scored a hit with their stylish tribute to the Motown legend, "When Smokey Sings." Yet, despite his success, Smokey went into self-imposed exile at the outset of the 90s to focus on family.
www.leadingauthorities.com /23981/Smokey_Robinson.htm   (426 words)

 Smokey Robinson And The Miracles
Smokey quit the Miracles after this release, and it's easy to see why: the well was dry (he didn't write a single tune here) and there's nothing distinctive out about this collection of tunes.
Smokey's low point: by his own account, he was doing so much coke around this time that he could barely leave his house, let alone make enjoyable music.
Smokey took the reins again, producing and writing every track except the sappy overblown "When A Woman Cries." The result is a charmingly small record, just Smokey and his band (including Sonny Burke on keyboards) playing tuneful Adult Contemporary nostalgia.
www.warr.org /smokey.html   (3173 words)

 Smokey Robinson Interview (April 2004) - Articles - GospelFlava.com
With the entry of Smokey Robinson's first ever Gospel album, Food For The Spirit, some might be tempted to think that this spiritual focus is something new for the Detroit native.
From Robinson’s own spoken testimony over the years (which he frequently presents at conferences and various events), he makes it clear that the Light he is referring to is Jesus Christ.
In calling it 'inspirational', Robinson clarified that he is talking strictly about the music, for the lyrics deliver the Gospel message clearly and accurately.
www.gospelflava.com /articles/smokeyrobinson.html   (845 words)

 The Miracles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Acknowledging Smokey Robinson's presence upfront, the Miracles changed their name to "Smokey Robinson and the Miracles" with the release of the Going to a Go-Go album in 1965, although their singles continued to be credited to "The Miracles" until the release of "The Love I Saw in You was Just a Mirage" in 1967.
Robinson told White, Moore, and Rogers of his intentions in 1969, but Robinson decided to stay for three more years when the group's 1970 single "The Tears of a Clown" became the group's biggest hit to date.
Robinson's final performance as a Miracle was on July 16, 1972 at the Carter Barron Amphitheater in Washington, DC.
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 Smokey Robinson - Biography and Recommendations (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.tamu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Throughout this period (and this makes Smokey very special) Robinson was also instrumental in developing the careers of many others on the Motown roster.
He wrote and / or produced for the Marvelettes, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells and, most spectacularly, for the Temptations, whose period with Smokey was, in the Primer’s opinion, the greatest of many highs for the group.
The single CD compilation highlighted in the text is a good cheap intro to Smokey with and without the Miracles but it's totally devoid of information - much better to splash out on the 2CD anthology Motown put together or, even better, the Box Set.
www.rhythmandtheblues.org.uk.cob-web.org:8888 /artists/robinson.shtml   (512 words)

 Amazon.com: The Ultimate Collection: Music: Smokey Robinson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Smokey Robinson's 1997: The Ultimate Collection is a really clever and simplistic released record that does a really good job reflecting his solo efforts beautifully.
Smokey achieved considerable success as leader of the Miracles in the sixties and a separate Ultimate Collection (already reviewed by me) covers the best of his music with that group.
Smokey never achieved consistent success as a solo singer but he scored top ten hits in the American pop charts with Cruisin' (1979), Being with you (1981), One heartbeat (1987) and Just to see her (1988).
www.amazon.com /Ultimate-Collection-Smokey-Robinson/dp/B000001ANH   (1361 words)

 Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - Ooo Baby Baby: The Anthology @ Blogcritics.org
William "Smokey" Robinson was born in Detroit February 19, 1940, and by age 6 he had written and performed his first song in a school play, Uncle Remus.
Smokey's words are sorrowful, but he seems simultaneously elated to have found the right images to convey that pain.
Smokey was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in '87, and won the Grammy's Living Legend Award in '89.
blogcritics.org /archives/2002/10/29/182807.php   (2041 words)

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Smokey: “Shop Around” was the first big hit that we had at Motown, and it was our first million-seller.
Smokey: So we started to go to his Bible studies, and he gave us the sinner’s prayer.
Smokey: Those were declaration songs for the people who perhaps don’t know me and don’t know that I have this wonderful, wonderful relationship with Christ.
www.cbn.com /cbnmusic/Interviews/700club_SmokeyRobinson101305.aspx   (1039 words)

 Smokey Robinson News
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles Vintage TV & Live Performances Now...
November 06, 2006 -- To celebrate Smokey Robinson's 50th anniversary as a recording artist, Reelin' In The Years Productions and Universal Music Enterprises are proud to announce the November 21, 2006 release...
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Zubin Mehta, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson and Steven Spielberg have been named to receive the latest Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievement in the performing arts.
www.topix.net /who/smokey-robinson   (677 words)

 Smokey Robinson : Oldies.com
A founding member of the Miracles at Northern High School, Detroit, in 1955, Robinson became one of the leading figures in the local music scene by the end of the decade.
Vastly impressed by Robinson's affable personality and promising writing talent, Gordy took the teenager under his wing.
He produced a series of Miracles singles in 1958 and 1959, all of which featured Robinson as composer and lead singer, and leased them to prominent RandB labels.
www.oldies.com /artist-view/Smokey-Robinson.html   (208 words)

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