Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson

Leader of The Miracles, songwriter, and Motown pioneer.

Founded

February 19, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan

Full Name

William Robinson, Jr.

Date of Birth

February 19, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan

Still Alive

Date of Death

Smokey Robinson (right) performs onstage with the Miracles.
Smokey Robinson (right) performs onstage with the Miracles.

About The artist

"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

Did you know...

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.

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