The vice president of Motown!
Smokey Robinson is a singer, songwriter, and producer who started working with Berry Gordy before Motown was even founded.
Smokey’s band, The Miracles, was actually one of the first signings to the label.
During the 60s, Smokey Robinson and his Miracles released smash hits such as Shop Around, You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me, and The Tears of a Clown.
Smokey also worked as a songwriter and producer for Motown. In this role, he is responsible for hit tunes My Guy, My Girl, and Get Ready. He also wrote songs for Marvin Gaye and witnessed the development of Little Stevie Wonder.
As if that wasn’t enough, Robinson also filled the position of Vice President at Motown in 1965.
This was seemingly too much on Smokey’s plate as in 1972, he announced that his singing career was over and that he was to be only Vice President and a devoted father from now on.
A year later Smokey announced his comeback with a new album but by now, his former students, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder had become so successful that anything Smokey released paled in comparison.
The sweet, somewhat innocent sound of the 60s that Smokey was the king of was gone, and popular music had become more political.
What started out as “black music for white radio” had grown up and was now rebelling.
The new kings in town were Smokey’s students, Marvin and Stevie.
Smokey Robinson tunes | Related pages
| F5 | Bb | G5 | C |
And I’m bringing you a love that’s true so get ready, so get ready.
| F | Bb7omit3 | Gm | C |
I’m gonna try to make you love me too so get ready, so get ready, here I come.
| C | F | C | F |
I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day.
| C | F | C | F |
When it’s cold outside, I’ve got the month of May.
| Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 |
Nothing you could say could tear me away from my guy.
| Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 | D7 D D7 | D7 |
Nothing you could do ’cause I’m stuck like glue to my guy.