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About Smokey Robinson
Harrah’s Resort welcomes the legendary King of Motown, Smokey Robinson, for an Atlantic City concert on Saturday, May 24.
Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America’s "greatest living poet," acclaimed singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson’s career spans over 4 decades of hits. He 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, Michigan, 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. Smokey Robinson’s "Shop Around" became Motown’s first #1 hit on the R&B singles chart and he continued to pen hits for the group including "You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me," "Ooo Baby Baby," "The Tracks of My Tears," "Tears of a Clown" (co-written with Stevie Wonder), and "I Second That Emotion."
In addition to writing hits for the Miracles, Robinson wrote and produced hits for other Motown greats including The Temptations, Mary Wells, Brenda Holloway and Marvin Gaye.
During his 50-year career in music, Smokey Robinson has accumulated more than 4,000 songs to his credit and continues to thrill sold-out audiences around the world with his high tenor voice, impeccable timing, and profound sense of lyric. Never resting on his laurels, Smokey Robinson remains a beloved icon in our musical heritage.