- Born in Detroit, Michigan on February 19, 1940
- Started in 1955 with the Five Chimes
- Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
- Closest ally with Motown ever
- Robinson was a Motown producer, songwriter, talent scout and was Gordy’s most trusted confidant and right-hand man
- He was the vice president of Motown Records
- Robinson went solo in 1972
- First Grammy Award as a solo artist in 1987
Event that propelled the artist to fame
Smokey Robinson met with producer Berry Gordy Jr. which led to a contract with Motown Records and his first hit song "Shop Around" in 1960.
"You Really Got a Hold on Me"
"I Second That Emotion"
Smokey and Friends
Touch the Sky
Characteristics of R&B/Soul
- Call and response
- Secular lyrics about real life
- Use of horn section
H-back-up vocals, saxophone, guitar, piano
R-slow-moderate-, in 4
intro-chorus-verse 1-chorus-interlude-chorus-verse 2-verse 3-outro