Leader of The Miracles, songwriter, and Motown pioneer.
"Berry Gordy founded Motown Records, but one could argue that Smokey Robinson was the man who first pushed America's most iconic soul music label toward greatness. As the leader of the Miracles, Robinson was one of the very first artists signed to the fledgling label in 1959, and while he racked up many hits for it with the Miracles and as a solo act, Robinson was also an invaluable behind-the-scenes talent who wrote songs, produced records, scouted and groomed talent, and served as a vice president at Motown from 1961 to 1988."
Mark Deming For Allmusic.com
Smokey's oldest son, Berry, is named after Motown founder Berry Gordy. His daughter, Tamla, is named after the original Tamla label, which eventually became Motown.
Equally sensual and poetic, a singer-songwriter unrivaled.
His name says it all. He is indeed a wonder.
They set the mold for female r&b and pop vocal groups.
Impeccable harmonies and fine-tuned stage choreography.
The sound of young America masterminded by Berry Gordy.
Combines rhythm & blues and gospel music styles.
Soul gets high.
Rock loses the roll but gains amplitude and attitude.