🎈Happy 80th Birthday!
February 19, 1940 - Born on this day, Smokey Robinson.
In 1957, Robinson and The Miracles met songwriter Berry Gordy after a failed audition for Brunswick Records. Gordy was impressed with Robinson's vocals and songwriting. With his help, the Miracles released their first single, "Got a Job", an answer song to the Silhouettes' hit single "Get a Job.
After a number of failures and money difficulties, Robinson suggested to Gordy that he start his own label. Gordy formed Tamla Records which was later reincorporated as Motown. The Miracles became one of the first acts signed to the label. They had actually been with Gordy since before the formation of Motown.
In 1960, the group recorded their first hit single, "Shop Around", which became Motown's first million-selling record. Between 1960 and 1970, Robinson would produce 26 top forty hits with the Miracles as lead singer, chief songwriter and producer, including top ten hits such as "You've Really Got a Hold on Me", "I Second That Emotion" and their only No.1 hit during the Robinson years, "Tears of a Clown". Other hits such as "Ooo Baby Baby" and "The Tracks of My Tears" peaked in the top twenty.
From 1962 to 1966, Robinson was one of the in-demand Motown songwriters and producers, penning hits such as "My Guy" for Mary Wells, "The Way You Do The Things You Do", "My Girl" and "Get Ready" for The Temptations, "When I'm Gone" for Brenda Holloway, "Don't Mess With Bill" and "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game" for The Marvelettes and "I'll Be Doggone" and "Ain't That Peculiar" for Marvin Gaye.
In 1972 Robinson retired from the stage to focus on his role as Motown's vice president. However, he returned to music as a solo artist in 1973, having hits such as "A Quiet Storm", "Cruisin'", "Being With You" and "Just to See Her". Following the sale of Motown in 1988, Robinson left the company in 1990. Robinson was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
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