Smokey Robinson
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Smokey Robinson is one of the most acclaimed and celebrated singer-songwriters in the world, and Bob Dylan pronounced him asAmerica's "greatest living poet." With a hit song in 1958, Smokey's remarkable careerspans over 5 decades and 11 U.S. Presidencies. A part of the cultural fabric of America itself, Smokey has penned more than 4,000 songs and continues to thrill audiences with sold-out performances around the globe. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Smokey founded The Miracles while still in high school, and it was at Robinson's suggestion that Berry Gordytake the Motown Record business national. In addition to writing hits forThe Miracles and himself, Robinson wrote and produced hits for other Motown greats including The Temptations, Mary Wells and Marvin Gaye, and he has the unique distinction of having both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones re-make his songs into hits ("You Really Have A Hold On Me" & "Going to a Go-Go"). Most recently celebrated at The Kennedy Center Honors, Smokey is a member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.

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  • Smokey Robinson and David Clark, the global leader in creating cause-related brands and initiatives, teamed up with Ad Agency leader Crispin Porter + Bogusky to announce a new global platform, "Cause Swarm," to address social issues via "Smoke Alarm." Find out more and add your voice http://www.smokealarm.org
  • Robinson's high-school vocal group, the Five Chimes, became the Matadors and later, the Miracles.
  • Robinson was vice-president of Motown.

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