Smokey Robinson Presented A "Smoking Hot" Performance

Smokey Robinson, is an outstanding songwriter and performer

Smokey Robinson, is a Grammy Award winning performer that continues to create amazing songs. (Poster was displayed at Caesars in Atlantic City)
Smokey Robinson, is a Grammy Award winning performer that continues to create amazing songs. (Poster was displayed at Caesars in Atlantic City)
"Tracks of My Tears," sang by Smokey and The Miracles, have won Grammy Hall of Fame Award and one of The Greatest Songs of All Time.
"Tracks of My Tears," sang by Smokey and The Miracles, have won Grammy Hall of Fame Award and one of The Greatest Songs of All Time.

Smokey Robinson, a Multi-Talented Singer and Songwriter

Smokey Robinson, dazzled his audience with compelling songs such as, Tears of A Clown, Tracks of My Tears, Cruisin and numerous other Grammy Award winning hits. This multi-talented singer and songwriter continue to create mesmerizing, timeless lyrics. Smokey, is a rare commodity of talent that can enamor listeners with his velvety delivery and voluptuously intellectual lyrics. Smokey Robinson, is without a doubt, one of the most prolific performers of this century.

The outstanding ballad, Tracks of My Tears was recorded at Hitsville on the Motown label in 1965. This multiple award-winning R&B hit song was performed by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. "It is considered to be one of the finest recordings of The Miracles. . . It is also been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and is listed by Rolling Stone magazine as #50 in its listing of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time," stated Wikipedia. Smokey Robinson, is known as the "King of Motown." He served as founder of The Miracles, the major R&B group "which delivered 37 Top 40 hits for Motown Records," stated Robinson.

Recently, Smokey Robinson received a 2015 BET Award. He thanked God for his wonderful wife Frances, "Who is my helpmeet. She is my goalie. She blocks so much from getting to me. A lot that I don't know about. She 's got my back. I love you babe." Smokey, once again thanked God and he shared endearing thoughts for everyone within the entertainment profession. He humbly stated, "I thank you so much father because you have allowed me to live in this fantastic, crazy, fickle world of show business. It is like a bitter sweet wine. It is so intoxicating and there is so many millions of people around the world standing in line to get a taste. For those of you who are fortunate enough to get a taste and get drunk on yourself and become self absorbed and haughty. There are so many people in this world, who wish they had one person in this world who loved them. There are millions of people around the world who love you and you should be thankful. It is a blessing. We all should know from whom our blessings flow. You did not start this. You were not first in line. The line started way, way before your great, great grandparents were born. Also, you will not be the end of the line. So don't be so full of yourselves." Smokey Robinson, went on to perform some of his greatest hits such as Tracks of My Tears and Cruisin. Young and older members of the audience sang the songs right along with him. It was truly inspirational.

The Amazing Accomplishments of Smokey Robinson

During a previous interview, Smokey talked about songwriting for such talented artist as The Temptations or Marvin Gaye, "could make or break a song." He went on to explain how, "I grew up at Motown." Berry Gordy, was founder of this conglomerate of talent. Robinson, came to be known as second to Gordy, in the founding of this astute company. His resume includes, more than 4,000 songs as a songwriter and 37 Top 40 hits. He also served as Vice President for Motown. Smokey also stated, "There was so many people writing songs. When I do interviews, they would ask me, 'What do you do when you hear your music playing on the radio?' I said, I turn it up. Other writers pretend." Smokey, considered his music a source of pride. "You see The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and Diana Ross. It was a pleasure to write for them," explained Smokey.

Smokey Robinson's, close confidant and friend Berry Gordy, wrote in his autobiography that "He reminded me of me - so excited and passionate about his music." Gordy, went on to sign Robinson's Miracles to his management and production company. "Everything at Motown was a family affair in those days." Eventually, Robinson became a solo artist as he maintained a close relationship with Berry Gordy and Motown. Within Smokey's biography, a description was given concerning his artistic abilities, "Robinson's words mingled sincerity and eloquence, often describing love with unique metaphors. Bob Dylan once pronounced him America's 'greatest living poet.' As a singer, Robinson could evoke joy, sadness and their bittersweet combination with his velvety high tenor."

Yes, Smokey Robinson's performances can still evoke listeners, to the point of tears as they reminisce on the exquisite array of love songs. Smokey, exudes genuine excitement as he arrived on stage at Caesars Resort in Atlantic City. Audience members rose to their feet as Smokey, performed. He humbly acknowledged, "You had a thousand choices but you came to see us." Robinson, removed his suit jacket and continued to give the audience every ounce of himself as he boogied with the support of his extremely talented backup singers and band members. These harmonious individuals included, Miss Serena Henry, Mr. Borne, Robert Bose on guitar, Garry Foote on base, Tony Lewis on drums, Savon on keyboards, Kenny on flute and Mr. Demetris, on keyboards as well. Smokey, described his superbly talented band as "My family." Their precision during his performance proved that.

Dedicated fans such as Melvin Braxton, of Baltimore, Maryland made this comment after Smokey's performance, "I absolutely came all the way up here to see this show, just for Smokey." Doris Williams commented, "He takes me way back. He's awesome." Earnestine West of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania always promised her children she would, "One day be on the stage with Smokey because I like to sing and write lyrics as well." Earnestine's dream was fulfilled that night because she finally did get to be on stage with Smokey as a member from the audience. She was thrilled!

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An Evening at Caesars With Delicious Food and Outstanding Music

The foyer of Caesars in Atlantic City has statuesque figures looking down from the resplendent ceiling.
The foyer of Caesars in Atlantic City has statuesque figures looking down from the resplendent ceiling.
Magnificent columns line the entranceway as guest arrive at Caesars in AC.
Magnificent columns line the entranceway as guest arrive at Caesars in AC.
A chariot is display in the entranceway for guests to hop on and take photographs.
A chariot is display in the entranceway for guests to hop on and take photographs.
Gordon Ramsey Pub & Grill, is one of the restaurants in the lobby area. "This award winning chef brings his Vegas restaurant to the Jersey shore in his in first restaurant in Atlantic City."
Gordon Ramsey Pub & Grill, is one of the restaurants in the lobby area. "This award winning chef brings his Vegas restaurant to the Jersey shore in his in first restaurant in Atlantic City."
Before the show, we had dinner at Nero's Italian Steakhouse at Caesars. We had the grilled salmon with asparagus which was delicious.
Before the show, we had dinner at Nero's Italian Steakhouse at Caesars. We had the grilled salmon with asparagus which was delicious.
Beautiful photographs of Marilyn Monroe, Jack Nicholson, Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, George Clooney and numerous other actors and performers are displayed.
Beautiful photographs of Marilyn Monroe, Jack Nicholson, Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, George Clooney and numerous other actors and performers are displayed.
Artifacts concerning various Caesars that ruled are also displayed.
Artifacts concerning various Caesars that ruled are also displayed.

The Accomplishments of Smokey Robinson

Tracks of My Tears
by The Miracles along with Smokey Robinson
Grammy Hall of Fame, Listed by Rolling Stone as #50 of The Greatest Songs of all Time
Smokey Robinson
Songs such as "Cruisin," "Just To See Her"-a Grammy Award Winner and "Being with You," were blues and pop hits.
Served as vice president of Motown records, writing and producing hits.
Smokey
Was inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 1980 he was named A Grammy Living Legend."
The Miracles scored their first big hit with "Shop Around" (1960)
Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 1993
Awarded a Medal at National Medal of Arts. Won Soul Tran Music Award.
Robinson went solo in 1972. Released such major hits as "Quiet Storm" (1974) and "Touch the Sky (1983)
Artists that Smokey wrote for
The Miracles, The Temptations, Mary Wells, Aretha Franklin, Joss Stone, Marvin Gaye, The Marvelettes, The Supremes and Rick James, just to a few.
"Robinson won his first Grammy Award as a solo artist (best R&B vocal performance) in 1987 for the song "Just To See Her."
Prolific Songwriter
"He is credited with 4,000 songs and 37 Top 40 hits, including, Tears of a Clown, Tracts of My Tears and Love Machine."
"In 2006, Robinson was selected to be a Kennedy Center Honoree for his contributions to the arts. . ."
Smokey Robinson, is still a leading performer even in the music and songwriting world of today.
Smokey Robinson, is still a leading performer even in the music and songwriting world of today.

Atlantic City's Caesars Resort and Hotel is an Excellent Location to see Entertainment

The evening was enjoyable as we toured the facility of Caesars in Atlantic City. We had a tasty meal and enjoyed the epitome of entertainment through Smokey Robinson's show. The following description was given concerning Caesars: "For a routinely spectacular Atlantic City hotel stay, choose Caesars Atlantic City on the Boardwalk. Caesars' founder Jay Sarno believed that everyone of his guests should be treated as a Caesar and you'll get treatment fit for an emperor at the iconic Caesars Atlantic City Hotel and Casino. . . People from all different areas of the county come together for an endless nightlife." There are so many restaurants to choose from such as Gordon Ramsay's Pub & Grill, Nero's Steakhouse and the Palace Court Buffet. "Caesars guest rooms provide spectacular views of both ocean and cityscape from immense bay windows. All of these features are perfect for non-gamblers who just want to enjoy good food, entertainment and a nice hotel stay. My husband and I, enjoyed our evening out at Caesars and we look forward to attending another performance as this facility in the future.

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word55 18 months ago from Chicago

Smokey "Bill" Robinson is the reason why I am a songwriter today. I was like his protégé. Your article on him here is fascinating. Smokey had things in the palm of his hands at MOTOWN back in the day and it seems that he gained even more since then. Thank you Angelladywriter for such a fantastic article and covering a lot of Smokey "Bill" (William).


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Angelladywriter 18 months ago from Media, Pennsylvania Author

Thanks word55 for your comment about Smokey. He continues to be one of the most fascinating people in the music industry as a songwriter and performer. Telling his story was inspirational. Thanks again for your comment.

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