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Another installment in Motown's Love Songs series, initiated in 2009, just before Valentine's Day that year (along with volumes from the Jackson 5, Diana Ross & the Supremes, the Commodores, and Gladys Knight & the Pips), this disc skips all over Smokey Robinson's career, ranging from 1965 ("Choosey Beggar," "Ooo Baby Baby") to 1987 ("One Heartbeat"). With only 12 slots — the disc is part of a cheaper line, after all, retailing for $10 — it couldn't possibly be wholly satisfying; even casual fans could come up with a second volume of romantic essentials without thinking too hard. Some of Robinson's biggest hits, both with and without the Miracles, are indeed here, including 1967's "My Love for You," 1975's "Quiet Storm," 1981's "Being with You," and 1983's "I've Made Love to You a Thousand Times."

Biography

Born: 19 February 1940 in Detroit, MI

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Berry Gordy founded Motown Records, but one could argue that Smokey Robinson was the man who first pushed America's most iconic soul music label toward greatness. As the leader of the Miracles, Robinson was one of the very first artists signed to the fledgling label in 1959, and while he racked up many hits for it with the Miracles and as a solo act, Robinson was also an invaluable behind-the-scenes talent who wrote songs, produced records, scouted and groomed talent, and served as a vice president...
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