Smokey Robinson

This week on Art of the Song for our Legend Series, we revisit our 2015 interview with Motown artist Smokey Robinson. His career spans over 4 decades, and he’s received numerous awards including the Grammy Living Legend Award, 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, Smokey 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 label. We had the pleasure of talking with Smokey about the release of “Smokey and Friends,” an album of duets with some of his favorite singers.

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