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

Where It All Started

William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr. was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1940. His early interest in music prompted him to form the doo-wop group The Five Chimes, which in 1955 morphed into The Miracles. Smokey was the group's front man and took lead on penning their songs.  

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