Motown Legend, Boys & Girls Clubs Alumnus Smokey Robinson

16 Jan

Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee will welcome Motown legend Smokey Robinson to its annual Great Futures Gala on April 4, 2020, at the Omni Hotel (250 5th Avenue South, Nashville). The event takes place from 5 – 9 p.m.

In addition to his 50-year music career and status as an R&B icon, Robinson is a Boys & Girls Clubs’ alumnus. He will perform a set with his band at the annual event, which supports eleven Middle Tennessee Boys & Girls Clubs locations in Davidson and Williamson counties and outreach programs serving more than 4,300 school-age children. This event is key to ensuring that the organization can continue its mission to support and mentor local youth.

Event details and tickets are available here.

About Smokey Robinson

William “Smokey” Robinson, Jr. is a legendary singer-songwriter, record producer, record executive of Motown Records.

Robinson and his group, the Miracles met Berry Gordy after a failed audition for singer Jackie Wilson’s managers. Gordy was impressed with Robinson’s vocals and ambitious songwriting. With his help they released, “Got a Job.” It was the beginning of a successful collaboration and the beginnings of Motown.

In 1960, Miracles recorded their and Motown’s first million selling hit, “Shop Around.” Between 1960 and 1970, Robinson would produce 26 top forty hits with the Miracles including several top ten hits such as “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me“, “I Second That Emotion” and the group’s only number-one pop hit, “The Tears Of A Clown“. Other notable hits include, “Ooo Baby Baby,” and “The Tracks Of My Tears”.

Robinson was one of the major songwriters and producers for Motown, penning several hit singles such as, “Who’s Loving You” “My Guy,” “The Way You Do The Things You Do“, “My Girl“, “Get Ready” and “Ain’t That Peculiar“.

In 1975, Robinson released his most successful solo album, A Quiet Storm, which yielded three hit singles, “Baby That’s Backatcha“, “The Agony & The Ecstasy” and “Quiet Storm”.

His classic hit, “Cruisin’” peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. Robinson topped the charts again with another sensual ballad, “Being with You and teamed up with fellow Motown label mate Rick James recording the R&B ballad, “Ebony Eyes“.

Robinson made a triumphant return with the album, One Heartbeat and the singles, “Just to See Her” and “One Heartbeat,” both Top 10 hits.”Just To See Her” won Robinson his first Grammy Award. In the same year, he was inducted as a solo artist to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the UK group ABC released a tribute song, “When Smokey Sings.”

In recent years, Robinson released the standards album, Timeless Love, Time Flies When You’re Having Fun, Now And Then, and Smokey & Friends. He is enjoying some recent success with the release of “Make It Better” with singer Anderson Paak which confirmed that Robinson is enjoying the longest span of Billboard hits than any other songwriter in music history.

Robinson has been Inducted into the Kennedy Center, awarded an individual star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame  and a second star with The Miracles. He was awarded a medal at the National Medal of Arts, A Heritage Award at the Soul Train Music Awards and a BET Lifetime Achievement Award. Howard University conferred on Robinson the degree of Doctor of Music as did the Berklee College of Music.