Singer, genius songwriter, record producer, record label executive, cocaine addict, American Idol mentor; Smokey Robinson’s career has been long and varied but he’s still best known for the sensually smooth tones of his output with The Miracles in the golden era of Motown.
Covered by The Beatles, and admired by Bob Dylan, who called Robinson “America’s greatest living poet”, Smokey’s pedigree is beyond question. Here’s why:
Listen: The Miracles – You've Really Got A Hold On Me
“Definitely need some love for the Motown groups of the ‘60s. I’ll go for Smokey Robinson for his work with The Miracles, Martha Reeves for The Vandellas and Diana Ross (before she went disco) for The Supremes.” (Thanks, Tom)
"Smokey Robinson. Tracks Of My Tears brings a track of tears to my eye every time - amazing vocal." (Thanks, Sam)