Motown Icon Smokey Robinson Performing in Atlantic City, NJ
One of the true musical legends of the rock era, Smokey Robinson, is coming to New Jersey on Dec. 1 to perform at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Robinson is considered one of the most influential figures in popular music. He has written and produced some of the most iconic songs in American history, including "Shop Around," "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," "My Girl," "The Tears of a Clown," and "Tracks of My Tears." He has also had a successful solo career, with hits such as "Cruisin'," "Being with You," and "Just to See Her."
Robinson has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, once as a member of the Miracles in 1987 and once as a solo artist in 2006. He has also received the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honor.
Robinson was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1940. He began singing in church as a child, and he formed the Miracles with his friends in high school. The Miracles were signed to Motown Records in 1959, and they quickly became one of the label's most popular groups.
Robinson's songwriting and production skills were also in high demand at Motown. He wrote and produced hits for many of the label's other artists, including the Temptations, the Marvelettes, and Marvin Gaye. The Miracles’ single “Shop Around” was Motown’s first number-one on the R&B singles chart.
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