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Smokey Robinson

Cruisin' with Jesse J & Smokey Robinson, Plus Chatting with Kandace Springs, Steve Arrington and AJ Croce

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.01.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"Jessie J is such a powerhouse as a performer," says Smokey. "She gave an amazing take on 'Cruisin' for Smokey & Friends, and it was an absolute pleasure to have her join me on stage to perform it live in Edinburgh.

Music Industry Executive Meets Social Advocate: Chatting with Lava Records CEO Jason Flom

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.07.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Jason Flom: "I think it was really for the general work that I do. I haven't done a ton of work on the arts side, but I have been involved for over 20 years trying to reform the criminal justice system."

Smokey Robinson Offers His Thoughts On Detroit's Struggling Economy

Posted 09.08.2014 | Black Voices

--Legendary singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson urges Detroit developers to increase employment in an effort to save the city. (MOJO Magazine) ...

Friends, Rain Plans, Love Songs & Lullabies: Conversations with Smokey Robinson, Israel Nash & Darryl Tookes

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.26.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Smokey Robinson: "When I sit down to write a song, every time I try to write a song, I'm trying to write a song that people would've sung 50 years ago, now, and 50 years from now."

5,178 Gigs: The Tracks of My Tears

Glenn Paul Manion | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Glenn Paul Manion

My volunteer gigs with Musicians On Call present a unique challenge in song selection. I am escorted to a hospital room occupied by one or more patients. I need to size up the situation quickly and select the one song that might go over best.

Smokey Robinson Talks New Duets Album

Associated Press | RYAN PEARSON | Posted 08.21.2014 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- After five decades in show business, the man who shaped Motown with instantly recognizable hits like "My Girl" and "Tears of a Cl...

Wayne Brady Hosts Special Apollo Theater Gala In Style

Posted 06.16.2014 | Black Voices

Last night the Apollo Theater commemorated its 80th anniversary with a special revamped iteration of its prestigious spring gala. Hosted by Emmy Aw...

Smokey Robinson Sued By Law Firm

www.tmz.com | Posted 05.14.2014 | Celebrity

Smokey Robinson's gonna need new lawyers to help him fight off his old ones ... who've filed a lawsuit claiming the singer is six-figures in the hole ...

Apollo Theater Revamps Annual Event Into Birthday Celebration

Posted 05.02.2014 | Black Voices

As this year marks the 80th anniversary of the prestigious Apollo Theater, the iconic venue has decided to revamp its annual Spring Gala into a star-s...

Wanted: James Gadson's Drums

Susan Sisko Carter | Posted 05.12.2014 | Arts
Susan Sisko Carter

Some nights he takes medication to sleep. Because he lies awake, trying to figure out who took his drums, his mics. Who took a part of him?

Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson Saluted at First Grammy Museum Gala, Architects of Sound: Motown

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

hese men got the whole world dancing, swaying, singing along (and they still do). Mr. Robinson's angelic vibrato may sing words, but in attempts to define it, it defies them! And words cannot convey the beauty and import of this event. But for you, I'll give it a go.

Really Got a Hold on His Dreams: Charl Brown on Becoming Smokey Robinson, Never Giving Up and Beyoncé

Dustin Fitzharris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Dustin Fitzharris

Charl Brown had to postpone his birthday trip by a few days because he had to audition once again for the role of Smokey Robinson in Motown: The Musical. Bright and early on the day after Memorial Day, Brown received the call that he had landed his first starring role on Broadway.

Text To End Kidney Disease: On The Vine Events Builds Momentum After Its Music Festival Success

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 11.06.2013 | Black Voices
Akoshia Yoba

Summer on Martha's Vineyard ended on a fun-filled, philanthropic note with the successful launch of the annual On The Vine music festival, a benefit concert series in support of kidney disease research.

Smokey Pays Tribute To Motown's Chief Of Charm

AP | JEFF KAROUB | Posted 10.27.2013 | Black Voices

DETROIT -- She didn't sing a note or write a lick of a lyric, but Smokey Robinson contends that Maxine Powell was as essential to Motown Records' oper...

The Melodies Linger On (Part I)

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.03.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Jan Swafford's slate.com essay "The Most Beautiful Melody in the World" inspired me to ask my most popular-music-obsessed friends to name their favori...

Music Legands Natalie Cole and Smokey Robinson to Perform at Martha's Vineyard Music Festival Benefiting Kidney Disease Research

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 08.26.2013 | Black Voices
Akoshia Yoba

Martha's Vineyard will be abuzz from Thursday August 22nd to Sunday August 25th, when On The Vine launches its inaugural four-day music and entertainment festival benefiting kidney disease research.

First Nighter: Motown: The Musical Gives the Customers What They Came For

David Finkle | Posted 06.15.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Maybe Motown: The Musical would have been best off not as part reality-show Dreamgirls but as a straight-out Motortown Revue 2013, which it almost is anyway.

The Night In 1967 I Can Never Forget

Doug Bradley | Posted 05.17.2013 | Fifty
Doug Bradley

Bobby Rogers of the Miracles died recently at the age of 73. As lyrics from 'Shop Around,' 'Tracks of My Tears,' 'You've Really Got a Hold on Me' and 'I Second That Emotion' reverberate in my head, I'm reminded of a different emotion that I'd shared with Rogers and the fellow Miracles in 1967.

Founding Member Of The Miracles Dies At 73

AP | Posted 05.03.2013 | Celebrity

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Bobby Rogers, a founding member of Motown group The Miracles and a songwriting collaborator with Smokey Robinson, died Sunda...

Stars To Headline Obama's Inauguration

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 03.13.2013 | Entertainment

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is drawing an A-list of performers for his inaugural festivities, including a massive ball expected to draw more ...

'The Voice' Recap: Avril Lavigne Is With You, Cassadee

Jaimie Etkin | Posted 12.19.2012 | TV
Jaimie Etkin

Naturally, as with any season finale results show, "The Voice." filled up 120 minutes with plenty of musical acts until the results were revealed. We've decided to take a look at the performances that include coaches, finalists or other former Season 3 competitors .

'The Voice' Winner Is ...

The Huffington Post | Jaimie Etkin | Posted 12.19.2012 | TV

"The Voice" winner was crowned on Tuesday night and Cassadee Pope took home the title of Season 3 champion. Cassadee's fellow member of Team Blake,...

Reflections on a (Missed) High School Reunion

Michael Sigman | Posted 12.30.2012 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

I was disappointed that I wouldn't get to hang out with some of my favorite people. But though I missed the laughs and the hugs, the very process of cancelling gave me another gift which is, in a way, even more meaningful.

America America: Conversations With BeBe Winans and Al Jarreau, Plus "Ask Renman"

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.04.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Smokey Robinson Inspires A New Generation Of Musicians

AP | By SUZANNE GAMBOA | Posted 03.03.2012 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Music legend Smokey Robinson reached out to a new generation of performing artists Friday, telling them they were starting out as he did...