Where There’s Smoke…
Writer and singer of love songs; smooth, falsetto voice; record producer; Motown executive; easy on the eyes; easier on the ears; lullabies on sleepless nights– these all come to mind when I think of Smokey Robinson. My earliest memory of Smokey Robinson is hearing “Shop Around” on a Motown tour album my parents stacked on the ‘hi-fi’ among albums by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Sam Cook and The Platters. When I was nine, a family vacation in Atlantic City turned out into a concert fest that included Ray and his revue; Freda Payne (my brother could barely contain himself); and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. But, the most memorable afternoon of that trip was one spent seeing Smokey Robinson & the Miracles rocking the Steel Pier.
Later, when Smokey went solo, he and the Miracles played one last time on “Midnight Special”. Ninety minutes of just THEM. The show opened with Smokey in the spotlight and his preamble to Sweet Harmony. By the end of the song, I thought I saw a tear. I know I cried a few.
In the years that have passed since then, Smokey, with and without the Miracles, has continued to be a fixture on the soundtrack of my life. His love songs along with those by The Whispers, The Manhattans, The Temptations, Barry White and other Mellow Men, grace my quiet nights when I want to enjoy the stars in the sky or the romance in the air. And, they are my lullabies, still.
So, today, more than ever, where there’s Smoke, there’s love.
(This is for all my friends at Todd Grundy’s Question Of The Day; especially Scottie, who, like me, thinks excluding Smokey from any ‘best of’ song list is simply criminal. No cuffs will be needed today.)
- Quiet Storm – Smokey Robinson – A Quiet Storm
- You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – Motown Love
- (You Can) Depend On Me – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – The Ultimate Collection
- Ooo Baby Baby – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – Motown Love
- The One Who Really Loves You – Mary Wells – Motown Love
- I’ll Try Something New – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – The Ultimate Collection
- Tracks of My Tears – Aretha Franklin - Respect and Other Hits
- My Girl – The Temptations – The Temptations Sing Smokey
- The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – The Ultimate Collection
- Since I Lost My Baby – Luther Vandross – The Essential Luther Vandross
- We’ve Come Too Far To End It Now – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – The Ultimate Collection
- Who’s Loving You – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – The Ultimate Collection
- Who’s Loving You – The Jackson 5 – Love Songs
- Angel Turner
- Sweet Harmony – Smokey Robinson – Sweet Harmony
- Baby Come Close – Smokey Robinson – Sweet Harmony
- Everything You Touch – Smokey Robinson – The Solo Anthology
- One Heartbeat – Smokey Robinson – Motown Love
- Cruisin’ – Smokey Robinson – The Ultimate Collection
- Blame It On Love – Smokey Robinson, Deniece Williams – The Solo Anthology
- Ebony Eyes – Smokey Robinson, Rick James – Motown Love
- Wedding Song – Smokey Robinson – A Quiet Storm
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