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With dozens of Top 40 hits, more than 4,000 songs to his credit and more than six decades in the business, Smokey Robinson reflects on his legendary career. Smokey is known as the “King of Motown,” responsible for such hits as "Tracks of My Tears," "I Second That Emotion," and the Temptations’
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With dozens of Top 40 hits, more than 4,000 songs to his credit and more than six decades in the business, Smokey Robinson reflects on his legendary career. Smokey is known as the “King of Motown,” responsible for such hits as "Tracks of My Tears," "I Second That Emotion," and the Temptations’ unforgettable smash, "My Girl." Born and raised in Detroit,Smokey was childhood friends with both Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross, who grew up down the street. "The Temptations and The Four Tops and all those people were growing up in my immediate neighborhood,” he says. “I can't answer why there was so many of us in that same neighborhood, but it was happening all over Detroit.” When Smokey was 40 years old, he became addicted to drugs. "I went on a hell of a drug trip and it was horrendous,” he says. Smokey shares how he eventually overcame his addiction and explains why he believes love is the most powerful emotion we can experience.
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his voice. Ah, just transports us. His lyrics touch something deep inside and his melodies get us moving. There is a reason why Smokey Robinson is known as the King of Motown. During his 50 years in the music industry, Smokey has been credited with more than 4000 songs and dozens of top 40 hits. Now, if you're like me, you know, many of them by heart, tears of a clown. I bet you could sing it a second, that emotion and you've really got a hold on me. Well, Smokey was born and raised in Detroit, the very cradle of the Motown town. He founded his legendary group, The Miracles, while he was still in high school, and it wasn't long before they were at the top of the R and B chart with Shop Around. Remember that so too smoky. Making music isn't just a job. It is a passion and a source for him, a renewable joy. To this day, he still performs to sold out crowds around the world. It is a lifelong love affair with music, one that grew from his family and the first song he wrote at just the age of six. Music is in the man's blood. Hey,
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