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Smokey Robinson

Grammy-Winning Artist

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Smokey Robinson Biography

Smokey Robinson is one of the most beloved and influential figures in the history of popular music, with a career spanning over 50 years. He is an R&B and soul singer, songwriter, and record producer, known as the founder and frontman of the Motown vocal group The Miracles from 1955 until 1972. After retiring from The Miracles to focus primarily on his role as Motown Records vice president, Robinson returned to the music industry as a solo artist the following year. However, he left Motown in 1999 and has since been involved in numerous successful musical ventures. He was also a guest coach on American Idol during their 2023 season.

In November 2010, Robinson released his highly anticipated new album entitled Now and Then. The 12-song CD features six live versions of his well-known classics, including "Going to a Go-Go," "I Second That Emotion," and "The Tracks of My Tears." The other six songs are from his 2009 release "Time Flies When You're Having Fun," which reached number 59 on the Billboard album chart, his highest showing since "One Heartbeat." In 2014, he released the album "Smokey & Friends," featuring duets with Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, and James Taylor, among others. It reached number 12 on the Billboard album chart. He released his first album in almost a decade in April 2023, titled "Gasms," featuring entirely new music.

Robinson has logged 37 Top 40 hits during his career and has received numerous awards. Besides the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Grammy Award for "Best R&B Performance, Male," and the Soul Train Music Award for Career Achievement, he was awarded the 2016 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for his lifetime contributions to popular music. He also received the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement in 2019. His first solo Top Ten Pop single was "Cruisin'," which hit number one in Cash Box and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. Robinson topped the charts again in 1981 with the sensual ballad "Being with You", which was another number-one hit in Cash Box and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.

Robinson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Songwriter Hall of Fame. He is a double Hollywood Walk of Fame inductee, as a solo artist and as a member of The Miracles. He received a Kennedy Center honor in 2006 and was conferred the degree of Doctor of Music, honoris causa, by Howard University in the same year. In 2022, he was inducted into the Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame. In 2023, he was named MusiCares Person of the Year and performed "Tears of a Clown" alongside Stevie Wonder at the 2023 Grammys. His compositions have been popularized by many artists, including Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Mary Wells, The Marvelettes, Brenda Holloway, and others.

Aside from his music career, Robinson is also known for his unique golden green eyes, which he believes were passed down from his French great-grandmother. He has not eaten red meat since 1972 and practices Transcendental Meditation. He also has a personal brand, Smokey Robinson Wines.

Speaking Topics
  • Passion for Music & Passion for Life

  • The Poetic Sensitivity, Intelligence & Talent of Smokey Robinson

  • Words

    Words is Smokey Robinson's one man show featuring poems he has written over the years, but never previously presented in public. He recently debuted this show in Los Angeles and the following HITS MAGAZINE review accurately describes this very compelling and entertaining evening as he effectively weaves the thread of his poetry with the fabric of his personal and professional career.

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  • HOW TO BOOK Smokey Robinson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Smokey Robinson for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Smokey Robinson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Smokey Robinson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Smokey Robinson?

    Speaking fees for Smokey Robinson, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Smokey Robinson charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Smokey Robinson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Smokey Robinson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Smokey Robinson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Smokey Robinson for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Smokey Robinson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Smokey Robinson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Smokey Robinson Biography

Smokey Robinson is one of the most beloved and influential figures in the history of popular music, with a career spanning over 50 years. He is an R&B and soul singer, songwriter, and record producer, known as the founder and frontman of the Motown vocal group The Miracles from 1955 until 1972. After retiring from The Miracles to focus primarily on his role as Motown Records vice president, Robinson returned to the music industry as a solo artist the following year. However, he left Motown in 1999 and has since been involved in numerous successful musical ventures. He was also a guest coach on American Idol during their 2023 season.

In November 2010, Robinson released his highly anticipated new album entitled Now and Then. The 12-song CD features six live versions of his well-known classics, including "Going to a Go-Go," "I Second That Emotion," and "The Tracks of My Tears." The other six songs are from his 2009 release "Time Flies When You're Having Fun," which reached number 59 on the Billboard album chart, his highest showing since "One Heartbeat." In 2014, he released the album "Smokey & Friends," featuring duets with Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, and James Taylor, among others. It reached number 12 on the Billboard album chart. He released his first album in almost a decade in April 2023, titled "Gasms," featuring entirely new music.

Robinson has logged 37 Top 40 hits during his career and has received numerous awards. Besides the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Grammy Award for "Best R&B Performance, Male," and the Soul Train Music Award for Career Achievement, he was awarded the 2016 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for his lifetime contributions to popular music. He also received the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement in 2019. His first solo Top Ten Pop single was "Cruisin'," which hit number one in Cash Box and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. Robinson topped the charts again in 1981 with the sensual ballad "Being with You", which was another number-one hit in Cash Box and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.

Robinson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Songwriter Hall of Fame. He is a double Hollywood Walk of Fame inductee, as a solo artist and as a member of The Miracles. He received a Kennedy Center honor in 2006 and was conferred the degree of Doctor of Music, honoris causa, by Howard University in the same year. In 2022, he was inducted into the Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame. In 2023, he was named MusiCares Person of the Year and performed "Tears of a Clown" alongside Stevie Wonder at the 2023 Grammys. His compositions have been popularized by many artists, including Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Mary Wells, The Marvelettes, Brenda Holloway, and others.

Aside from his music career, Robinson is also known for his unique golden green eyes, which he believes were passed down from his French great-grandmother. He has not eaten red meat since 1972 and practices Transcendental Meditation. He also has a personal brand, Smokey Robinson Wines.

Smokey Robinson Speaking Topics

  • Passion for Music & Passion for Life

  • The Poetic Sensitivity, Intelligence & Talent of Smokey Robinson

  • Words

    Words is Smokey Robinson's one man show featuring poems he has written over the years, but never previously presented in public. He recently debuted this show in Los Angeles and the following HITS MAGAZINE review accurately describes this very compelling and entertaining evening as he effectively weaves the thread of his poetry with the fabric of his personal and professional career.

Smokey Robinson Videos

  • Smokey Robinson and The Miracles: "Ooo Baby Baby" - YouTube
  • Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (The Greatest Hits) - YouTube
  • Smokey Robinson - Cruisin' - YouTube

FAQs on booking Smokey Robinson

  • How to book Smokey Robinson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Smokey Robinson for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Smokey Robinson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Smokey Robinson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Smokey Robinson?

    Speaking fees for Smokey Robinson, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Smokey Robinson charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Smokey Robinson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Smokey Robinson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Smokey Robinson for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Smokey Robinson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Smokey Robinson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Smokey Robinson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Smokey Robinson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Passion for Music & Passion for Life, The Poetic Sensitivity, Intelligence & Talent of Smokey Robinson and Words. The estimated speaking fee range to book Smokey Robinson for your event is available upon request. Smokey Robinson generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Kirk Franklin, Common, Montel Williams, Branford Marsalis and Hill Harper. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Smokey Robinson for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Smokey Robinson Speaking Topics

  • Passion for Music & Passion for Life

  • The Poetic Sensitivity, Intelligence & Talent of Smokey Robinson

  • Words

    Words is Smokey Robinson's one man show featuring poems he has written over the years, but never previously presented in public. He recently debuted this show in Los Angeles and the following HITS MAGAZINE review accurately describes this very compelling and entertaining evening as he effectively weaves the thread of his poetry with the fabric of his personal and professional career.

Smokey Robinson Speaker Videos

  • Smokey Robinson and The Miracles: "Ooo Baby Baby" - YouTube
    Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (The Greatest Hits) - YouTube
  • Smokey Robinson - Cruisin' - YouTube

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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