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Smokey Robinson - The Motown Years Live (2014)

28-07-2014, 19:30
Music | Soul | Funk | R&B

Smokey Robinson - The Motown Years Live (2014)

Artist: Smokey Robinson
Title Of Album: The Motown Years Live
Year Of Release: 2014
Genre: R&B/Soul/Funk
Label: Musicom
Quality: MP3 320 kbps
Total Time: 41:58
Total Size: 100 Mb

1. More Love (3:01)
2. Tears Of A Clown (2:21)
3. Being With You (4:23)
4. Shop Around (4:54)
5. I Second That Emotion (1:58)
6. You Really Got A Hold On Me (2:06)
7. Ooo Baby, Baby (4:45)
8. We Saved The Best For Last (7:06)
9. More Than You Know (3:31)
10. Tracks Of My Tears (3:34)
11. I Would Do Anything (4:14)

Known as the "King of Motown," Smokey Robinson founded the R&B group The Miracles, which delivered 37 Top 40 hits for Motown Records.

Singer, songwriter and record producer Smokey Robinson was born William Robinson Jr. on February 19, 1940, in Detroit, Michigan. Growing up in a rough neighborhood, Robinson started out singing in local groups. In the early 1950s, he formed the Matadors, which later became the world-famous group The Miracles. A chance meeting with record producer Berry Gordy Jr. led to a contract with Motown Records as well as an important working relationship.

The Miracles scored their first big hit with "Shop Around" (1960) and developed quite a following with their energetic R&B sound. The group has numerous hits, including "You Really Got a Hold on Me" (1962) and "I Second That Emotion" (1967). Robinson also worked behind the scenes, composing and producing for The Miracles and other Motown artists, such as Mary Wells and The Temptations. His work contributed to the success of Motown Records and helped advance the popularity of soul music.

Robinson went solo in 1972, creating a more mellow sound for himself. Often associated with romantic soul music, he released such successful albums as A Quiet Storm (1974) and Touch the Sky (1983). The mid-1980s were a difficult time for him as he battled a drug addiction. Robinson openly discussed his cocaine problem as well as many other personal topics in his 1989 autobiography, Smokey: Inside My Life. He has credited his recovery from substance abuse to his religious faith.

Robinson went on to win his first Grammy Award as a solo artist (best R&B vocal performance) in 1987, for the song "Just To See Her" from the album One Heartbeat. His later solo recordings included Double Good Everything (1991) and Intimate (1999). He took his work in a new direction in 2004, releasing a collection of music that reflected his spiritual beliefs entitled Food for the Spirit.

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