Smokey Robinson

American singer, songwriter and record producer (born 1940) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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William "Smokey" Robinson Jr. (born February 19, 1940) is an American R&B and soul singer, songwriter, record producer, and former record executive director. He was the founder and frontman of the pioneering Motown vocal group the Miracles, for which he was also chief songwriter and producer.[1] He led the group from its 1955 origins, when they were called The Five Chimes, until 1972, when he announced his retirement from the group to focus on his role as Motown Records vice president. Robinson returned to the music industry as a solo artist the following year. He left Motown in 1990.

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Smokey Robinson
Robinson in 2018
Robinson in 2018
Background information
Birth nameWilliam Robinson Jr.
Born (1940-02-19) February 19, 1940 (age 83)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active1955–present

Robinson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and awarded the 2016 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for his lifetime contributions to popular music.[2][3] He is a double Hollywood Walk of Fame Inductee, as a member of The Miracles (2009) and as a solo artist (1983). In 2022, he was inducted into the Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame.