smokey robinson



  • 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.

top songs

"The Tracks of My Tears"

"You Really Got a Hold on Me"

"I Second That Emotion"

"Shop Around"


"My Girl"

"More Love"

top albums

A Quiet Storm

Timeless love

Big Time

Smokey and Friends

Touch the Sky

Characteristics of R&B/Soul

  • Call and response
  • Shouting
  • Improvisation
  • Secular lyrics about real life
  • Use of horn section

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1960 /Shop Around/スモーキー・ロビンソン

"Shop Around"

S-main vocals, back-up vocals, saxophone, guitar, piano

H-back-up vocals, saxophone, guitar, piano

M-main vocals

R-slow-moderate-, in 4



intro-chorus-verse 1-chorus-interlude-chorus-verse 2-verse 3-outro


"Smokey Robinson." Bio. A&E Television Networks, 2015. Web. 23 Apr. 2015.