What's up welcome back to Mrs. Toon$ "Soul Sundays". Yesterday, Cartoon & I had a chance to go see Smokey Robinson perform at the Hollywood Bowl. Which was Amazing!! He looks good & still sounds the same as if he was in his early 20's with the Miracles .... I thought why not dedicate this soul sunday to him & all the great songs that he has done. Since I was younger I remember being in love with his voice, the sound to every song & I would try to memorize every song of his. Like Agony & Ecstacy, Bad girl, Baby come close etc...
William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr. (born February 19, 1940) is an American R&B
singer-songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. Robinson is most notable for being the founder and front man of the popular Motown vocal group, The Miracles , for which he also served as the group's chief songwriter and producer. Robinson led the group from its 1955 origins as The Five Chimes until 1972 when he announced a retirement from the stage to focus on his role as Motown 's vice president .
However, Robinson returned to the music industry as a solo artist the following year, later having solo hits such as "Baby That's Backatcha
", "Quiet Storm ", "The Agony and the Ecstasy", "Cruisin' ", "Being With You " and "Just to See Her ". Following the sale of Motown Records in 1988, Robinson left Motown in 1990. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
One of my favorites "Bad Girl" is a 1959 Doo-wop
single by The Miracles . Issued locally on the Motown Records label, it was licensed to and issued nationally by Chess Records because the fledgling Motown Record Corporation did not, at that time, have national distribution. It was the first single released (and the only one released by this group) on the Motown label -
Bad Girl" has since become a Doo-wop
classic and was named one of the 100 Greatest Doo-Wop Songs of All Time by Doo Wop Nation. It appears on several Miracles' compilations, including Greatest Hits from the Beginning . The song was also performed by the group on their final live album, 1957–1972 . It has been covered by the Dazz Band and by Motown artist Mary Wells , whose version was called "Bad Boy" and appeared on her debut album, Bye Bye Baby I Don't Want to Take a Chance .
I found this old school footage of "Ebony Eyes" by Rick James (RIP) & Smokey Robinson. This song has and always will be another one of my favorites.
Hope you like this weeks Soul Sundays!
Mrs. Julie Toon$