Open Letter to Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson
Smokey Robinson

My fan letter to Smokey...

Hey Smokey! We go back a long way! I've been a fan of yours for many years. I still get excited when I hear that you are going to make a celebrity appearance on a TV show.

Whichever show it is Sunshine is there beaming with pride. It's because of you and Berry Gordy that we have been given the gift of Motown.

I, thank you from the depths of my heart. Without the both of you starting Motown in Detroit your fans could have possibly missed out on some amazing groups and talent!

You were born and bred in Detroit. Heck they must be so thankful for you! It's no wonder you achieved the title "King Of Motown"!

Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson
Smokey Robinson

Your plan was to attend college after you graduated high school. I'm sure you would have become an excellent electrical engineer, but I'm glad you chose another path. I think I can speak for millions of fans who are thrilled you became the sensational R&B singer Smokey Robinson!

My intention isn't to embarass you, but your green eyes are mesmerizing! One suggestion though is cut back on the cosmetic surgery. Allow yourself to age gracefully, trust me you still got that swagga!

I was always intrigued by your name so I went in search of an answer and found it very interesting. Your uncle was looking out for you and gave you an imprint so that you never forget where you came from. At 6 years old you thought Smokey Joe was your uncle's way of calling you cowboy due to your love of western movies. Since you were light-skinned he actually rendered you Smokey Joe so you would never forget that you were black. Your uncle was a clever man. I also had the nickname Smokey in my younger years, but it was for different reasons.

I once had a car that I nicknamed Smokey, yep after you! The name and the man will forever leave an everlasting impression on Sunshine. That's been my nickname for the past 15 years courtesy of my husband, can you guess why?

Smokey Robinson
Smokey Robinson

Cruisin' by Smokey Robinson

I actually became a fan of yours in the 80's. Your first song that caught my attention as a solo artist was Just To See Her in which you won a Grammy! You captured my heart and soul! This was your comeback after beating your cocaine addiction. I'm so glad you won that fight! You re-entered back into your career in a blaze of glory. Those western movies paid off for you! Shortly thereafter your song One Heartbeat hit the radio and I couldn't get enough of you. Both of these hits topped the chart in three categories! Outstanding! Cruisin' is my favorite Smokey and the Miracles song! My daughter and son-in-law had that song on their wedding reception playlist just for you and I. Sweet!

At that point I wanted to learn more about you so I back tracked and began listening to the Miracles. You were the original member and your group was phenomenal! Your sultry voice stood out and you made the Miracles a very successful group. The group was a bit disappointed when you went solo in 1973, but you dedicated your first hit single Sweet Harmony to them. That was thoughtful of you. You had to look out for your future.

One Heartbeat by Smokey Robinson

You inspired many musicians. In 1987 the band ABC premiered their tribute song to you, When Smokey Sings! What a fabulous song that is!

You are a miracle in yourself, Mr. William Smokey Robinson Jr. You have given your fans and admirers your heart, body and soul with your musical genius.

The tribute song along with being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame made 1987 a wondrous year for you!

You deserve all the recognition you received then and continue to receive today.

Your two daughters from your ex wife must be very proud of you. Your son from an unspecified partner must be honored to call you dad! Your present wife must also beam with pride.

You created a legacy for which I will always be thankful. You became 74 years old on Feb. 19, 2014 and look at all you've accomplished during your lifetime!

Singer, songwriter, record producer, former record executive and mentor to many! Atta boy to you!

Thank you for all you've given your fans and I wish you many more healthy, happy years ahead.

Pssst...nix the botox! Just my opinion, I think you look fit and fabulous! When Smokey sings, we hear violins.

Smokey Robinson - Just To See Her

© 2012 Linda Bilyeu

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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

I'm ashamed to admit I didn't know much about Smokey Robinson before your hub. Now that I've read this I'm off to search for more information :) this was so cute, I love your letters!


Linda K (GG) 4 years ago

Awesome, love it! Smokey is Smokin" !!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I love Smokey Robinson, he's a musical genius. My favorite song by him and the Miracles is "Oooh Baby Baby" it's romantic and honest but anyway anything he has written or sang is almost an instant classic. He's one of the artists I wish to see live but unless I suddenly become rich, it won't happen soon. And I totally agree with you on the plastic surgery, he looks too frozen at times to know the emotions of what he's singing. Other than that, I think he's plain awesome! Great once again!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Another loyal "Smokey" fan here. His songs bring back wonderful memories of younger days, when love was "new" and life was a whole lot easier! Nice tribute as always SS!!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Was it just my imagination.. or is this a fabulous tribute! Well done! I am a fan too. This is awesome!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Smokey is awesome. OMG, he is going to be 72. Unbelievable! It is too bad that he chose plastic surgery, because I agree that his looks are ageless. Thank you for sharing your love of a fantastic artist.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hello y'all! Smokey and I appreciate your comments and thoughts on the King Of Motown! Smokey tends to read his Twitter tweets so feel free to share this tribute with Smokey by tweeting it to @smokeyrobinson Thank you:))


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Hi Sunshine! Great letter to Smokey! I was just listening to "The Tears of a Clown" this morning! Great lyrics! Awesome hub! Voted up, up and away!


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learner365 4 years ago

What an interesting letter to Smokey.Enjoyed reading it.I really love his song "Tracks of my tears"...What a great lyric writer and a singer.

Good job,voted up and interesting!!!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Dexter! I love that song! Does Leroy like Smokey also?:)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Learner, Fantastic song choice of Smokey's! Thanks for the votes:))


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geegee77 4 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

Ooh love me some Motown music, and I love Smokey always have. He's got the smoothest voice. He just puts people in a great mood, you had me LOL at the part where you said that was your nickname for a different reason lmao... anyway great hub and learned alot I didn't know before about this awesome talented man, voted up again :) ge


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Great hub Sunshine, my favourite song is 'Tears of A Clown'. Voted up, lovely tribute.


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tarajeyaram 4 years ago from Wonderland

Great hub Linda. I thought I posted a comment this morning. Maybe I was too sleepy and I didn't submit. Wonderful hub and thanks for introducing Smokey to me.


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Of course he does! :-)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Dex...Leroy is fly!!:)

Hi Ge I'm glad you caught that part:))

Thank you Tara and Jools, I appreciate your Smokey support as does Smokey...right, Smoke?? (please answer) :))


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh Miss Linda,

You know I had to 'CRUSIN' to listen to each and every smokin hot sexy Smokey song you have so joyfully provided in this most AWESOME fan letter! I clearly remember each and every one oh so well by heart!

To be bookmarked and shared... Voted UP & AB, mar!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Oh I love Smokey Robinson - he does still have the swagga:) lol. Beautiful tribute to an amazing artist! I love your music selections!! He would be so proud to see your letter!


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

I love the song "When Smoky Sings" by ABC...so thank you for including that song in this tribute to Smokey Robinson. Growing up my best friend's mom love his music, so I picked up many of his songs when I was hanging around their house....glad to see Smokey is still doing so well.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Smokey's still got it and so do you, Sunshine. Great tribute to a very talented musician. And thanks for the great videos.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Maria ~ Kelly ~ Cogerson ~ drbj!

Thank you for stopping by to visit with Smokey Robinson and I. We appreciate your comments and thoughts of Smokey's awesomeness :)


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Julz09 4 years ago

ahh Smokey!! :) Top guy, and great singer. This is a great hub.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thanks Julz!:)


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

I do like Smoky!!!!!! I like a lot of that older music that is just sort of relaxing, and that anyone can sing along to or with.

Nothing political much - just universal themes done in a tasteful way! This I like!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Smokey will be happy to read your comment Wes when he gets a chance to visit this hub:)


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Julie DeNeen 4 years ago from Clinton CT

I love letters to celebrities like this! You wonder if he googles himself and reads everything? LOL


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Sunshine - fab hub! One of my favourite songs from my childhood was 'Tears of A Clown' and I still love that song, it takes me to some place special in my head and heart.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Yet more common themes for the 'peas' I love Smokey Robinson songs. great fan letter, full of delightful details as ever. voted up and shared.


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Oh, but if you feel like loving me

If you got the notion, I second that emotion

Said, if you feel like giving me, A lifetime of devotion

I second that emotion

I always wanted this song at my wedding. However, my wife had other choices. So much for being the boss!

Smokey...Marvin Gaye...The Temptations... that was music! I'd like to hear Jay-Z try to do any Smokey song, or even "Papa was a rolling stone" by the Temptations. Wait a minute. No I wouldn't. I retract that request.

A great tribute to a great man!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Julie, I sure hope Smokey googles himself and finds this letter! I tweet it to him when I remember. Maybe I'll do that now! Thanks for the reminder :)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Jools, I will think of you when I hear Tears of a Clown! Yay!

Docmo, Thanks for visiting with Smokey and I.

Hi Rich, I could always count on you for leaving the "best" comment, it must be the gemini in you. So which one of actually thinks up the comment? :))


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

It's the other guy...no, it's him...no, I can't take the credit... you know it's you... no, you're the creative one... actually, I get my inspiration from you... no, it's the other way around...

Linda - see what you started!!!


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nina64 4 years ago from chicago, Illinois

What a beautiful hub!!!!!! I've also been a Smokey Robinson fan for many years. My favorite album by Smokey is "Quiet Storm". I just love his music when he was with The Miracles. It's good to hear that someone else loves his music as much as I do. I think I'll go and pull out my collection of Smokey's music. Voted up.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thanks RC, I think! Ha! :)


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Nina, Thank you for sharing your Smokey Robinson memories! :)


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Happy 73rd Birthday Smokey Robinson! (2/19/13)


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Just CRUISIN...by to say

73, oh mercy me...

Smokey, Smokey, you will always be...

Ever so sexy, ...so lemme wish thee...

A Happy Birthday,... Sweet Baby!

Thanks for the reminder, Sunshine! Love, MM


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

I agree MM, how could Smokey be 73 yrs old when "he still got it going on!"

When Smokey sings, I hear violins...so I'm going to keep listening to his tunes and celebrate his birthday. xoxo


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica

One of the Artists I grew up with and truly respect. A gem of Motown.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Smokey Robinson, haven't heard that name in years! how could I forget how great he is? what a great hub, votes all the way!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

To Queen of Lists we add Queen of Letter Writers to Famous People. You do it so well Linda. Researched, nicely written and of course nice and personal...Smokey huh?

Voted up and interesting.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Rasta, Nell, Mary ... Thank you for sharing your thoughts about Smokey Robinson. He's a gift that keeps on giving! :)


Ronke' 2 years ago

I am also a Smokey Robinson fan. His voice is serene and mind blowing..many, many fond memories. I am not going to go so far as to comment on his plastic surgery. It is his choice. And whether we like it or not, the whole entertainment world does not pay homage to folks who look old and haggard. More importantly, he is still bring sweet music to our ears. Happy Birthday Smokey'


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Ronke. I agree the botox was Smokey's choice...in my opinion, he never needed it. He is a fabulous entertainer and continues to blow our minds. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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