Hollywood — Acclaimed singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson, whose soulful sounds have enthralled hundreds of thousands of music lovers, brings four decades of hits this weekend to the Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America’s “greatest living poet,” Robinson has received numerous awards including the Grammy Living Legend Award, NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, honorary doctorate (Howard University), Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts Award from the president of the United States. He has also been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.
Born and raised in Detroit, Robinson founded The Miracles while still in high school. The group was Berry Gordy’s first vocal group, and it was at Robinson’s suggestion that Gordy started the Motown Record dynasty. Their single of Robinson’s Shop Around became Motown’s first No. 1 hit on the R&B singles chart. In the years following, Robinson continued to pen hits for the group including You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me, Ooo Baby Baby, The Tracks of My Tears,Going to a Go-Go, More Love, Tears of a Clown and I Second That Emotion.
The Miracles dominated the R&B scene throughout the ‘60s and early ‘70s and Robinson became vice president of Motown Records serving as in-house producer, talent scout and songwriter.
In addition to writing hits for the Miracles, Robinson wrote and produced hits for other Motown greats including The Temptations, Mary Wells, Brenda Holloway, Marvin Gaye and others. He later turned to a solo career where he continued his tradition of hits with Just to See Her, Quiet Storm, Cruisin’, and Being with You among others.
During the course of his 50-year career in music, Robinson has more than 4,000 songs to his credit and continues to thrill sold-out audiences around the world with his high tenor voice. Critics also note his impeccable timing, and profound sense of lyric.
Tickets are at all Ticketmaster outlets online at www.myhrl.com, www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Doors open one-hour prior to show start time.