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If you're looking for the all-time number one purveyor of mainstream romantic soul, Smokey Robinson may well be the man. With the Miracles in the 1960s, he paced dozens of tuneful Motown hits with his beautiful high tenor. As a solo performer from the 1970s onward, he was one of the staples of urban contemporary music. He was also one of pop's best and most prolific songwriters. As a songwriter and producer, he was the most important musical component to Motown's early success, not only on the hits by the Miracles, but for numerous other acts as well (especially Mary Wells and the Temptations). ~ Richie Unterberger
19 February 1940 in Detroit, MI
'50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s