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When I hear the name WILLIAM SMOKEY ROBINSON JR (BORN FEB 19TH 1940) the word quality comes to mind, this man is a quality act, a man who deserves much respect for his contribution to the world of music and soul music .It all started with the work he did within the MOTOWN fold not just as a performer but also as a writer producer and even mentor to other acts within the motown system.  It’s been well documented about Smokey and the work he did with THE MIRACLES. Yet for me it was 1981 when I first paused and stood to attention at hearing the song BEING WITH YOU Smokey just blows you away, when he sings that song his voice has always demonstrates a passion and seductiveness so often lacking today in how to execute a song (having said this there are many of today’s acts that have quickly learned this) BEING WITH YOU became a smash number 1 hit. His solo career  had started in 1973 whilst still carrying out his duties as vice president of MOTOWN RECORDS in 1979 Smokey had hit with the song CRUISIN a song many have fallen in love with thanks to D`Angelo,s  cover of the song .After the 1981 hit  he would release  TELL
 
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ME TOMORROW  in 1982  and team up with RICK JAMES for the  hit song  EBONY EYES .After conquering his addiction to cocaine he was back in 1987 with the album ONE HEART  which contained the song JUST TO SEE HER a killer song and ONE HEART BEAT. He would record his last album LOVE SMOKEY in 1990 shortly after MOTOWN was sold to MCA and the he departed .During the 80,s funk pop group ABC released a tribute to him called WHEN SMOKEY SINGS, of which was a huge hit for them. He has since kept busy releasing a gospel album FOOD FOR THE SPIRIT 2004   and a jazz album TIMELESS LOVE in 2006.Also appearing as guest vocalist on TEENA MARIE album SAPHIRE. It’s so clear the influence his music has had on today’s sound and feel. His vibe in the 1970,s gave way to what people would later call the quiet storm. Yet his songs will always remain timeless let’s not forget the hits with the miracles  BAD GIRL ,YOU’VE REALLY GOT A HOLD ON ME ,MICKEYS MONKEY,TRACKS OF MY TEARS ,I SECOND THAT EMMOTION,TEARS OF A CLOWN, are just a few that will always remind us of him yet equally what came after that always gives me  pause  at just how great the man is. So imagine when I thought it would be a while before we heard from him again the man is back with a new album of new original songs accept one a cover of the Norah Jones hit IDONT KNOW WHY. The album is entitled TIME FLIES WHEN YOU’RE HAVING FUN and will feature INDIA ARIE, JOSS STONE and CARLOS SANTANNA, I sure cannot wait to get my hands on a copy.

Listen to smokey sing  - Don't Know Why  OR CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE ENTIRED ALBUM A REAL TREAT

 

BEING WITH YOU

  

 

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