He Got Soul: Smokey Robinson

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  • A True Soul Man
  • Where It All Started
  • Ushering In The Motown Era
  • A Musician's Musician
  • Working with Soul's Greats
  • Soul In The Corner Office
  • His Solo Moment
  • A Balancing Act
  • Finding His Solo Rhythm
  • Taking The Stage

Ushering in the Motown Era

A 1957 audition with songwriter Berry Gordy, who took a liking to Smokey's vocal and songwriting talent, saw the two join forces. After Motown was incorporated, The Miracles became one of the label's first acts. It can be said that Smokey was largely responsible for Motown Records, as it was his suggestion to Berry Gordy to start his own label.

(Photo: Gilles Petard/Redferns)