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Smokey Robinson

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Birthday
19, 1940
Birthplace
Detroit, MI
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
19, 1940 (age 79)
Birthplace
Detroit, MI

About

Singer with The Miracles who helped define the Motown sound. He also played with The Five Chimes until 1972 and pursued a solo career. He released such popular songs as "A Quiet Storm," "Tears of a Clown," "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," and "I Second That Emotion."

Before Fame

He was a big fan of Westerns and thought his uncle's nickname Smokey Joe was a cowboy moniker. He was inspired to play by artists like Billy Ward and His Dominoes.

Trivia

He was the vice president of Motown Records from 1961 to 1988.

Family Life

He married his wife Claudette on November 7, 1959. After their divorce, he married Frances Glandney in May 2002. He has two sons named Trey and Berry and a daughter named Tamla.

Associated With

He penned the popular Marvin Gaye songs "I'll Be Doggone" and "Ain't That Peculiar."