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Smokey Robinson & Eric Zuley aka EZ on Naacp Image Awards Red Carpet



Eric Zuley aka EZ & Smokey Robinson on Naacp Image Awards Red Carpet Motown and The Miracles After finishing high school Robinson made plans to attend college, with his studies to begin in January 1959.[3] However, in August 1958, Robinson met songwriter Berry Gordy and, as he awaited his enrollment in school, Robinson pursued his musical career with Gordy, who co-wrote for the Miracles the single \"Got a Job,\" an answer song to the Silhouettes\’ hit single \"Get a Job.\" The group renamed itself the Miracles, and began recording with Gordy on the End Records label in November 1958. Robinson has said that he did, in fact, enroll in college and began classes that January, studying electrical engineering. However, The Miracles\’ first record was released a few weeks later and Robinson left school shortly thereafter, his college career having lasted approximately two months.[3] The Miracles would go on to issue singles on both End Records and Chess Records, and Robinson suggested to Gordy that he start a label of his own. In 1959, Gordy founded Tamla Records, which he soon reincorporated as Motown. The Miracles were among the label\’s first signees. Gordy and Robinson had a synergistic relationship, with Robinson providing a foundation for Motown\’s hit-making success and Gordy acting as a mentor for the budding singer and songwriter. By 1961, Gordy had appointed Robinson vice-president of Motown Records, a title Robinson held for as long as Gordy remained with the company. The 1960 single \"Shop Around\" was not only Motown\’s first number one hit on the R&B singles chart, but the first major chart success for The Miracles. The song was also Motown\’s first million-selling hit single. Besides creating hits for his own group, Robinson wrote and produced singles and album tracks for other Motown artists. Mary Wells had a number one hit with Robinson\’s song \"My Guy\" (1964), and Robinson served as The Temptations\’ primary songwriter and producer from 1963 to 1966, penning such hits as \"The Way You Do the Things You Do\", \"My Girl\", \"Since I Lost My Baby\", and \"Get Ready\". Among Robinson\’s other Motown compositions are \"Still Water (Love)\" by The Four Tops, \"Don\’t Mess With Bill\" and \"My Baby Must Be a Magician\" by The Marvelettes, \"When I\’m Gone\" by Brenda Holloway, \"Ain\’t That Peculiar\" and \"I\’ll Be Doggone\" by Marvin Gaye, and \"First I Look at the Purse\" by The Contours. His hit songs also earned him the title \"America\’s poet laureate of love.\" During the course of his 50-year career in music, Robinson has accumulated more than 4,000 songs to his credit. John Lennon of The Beatles made countless remarks regarding Robinson\’s influence on his music. In a 1969 interview, Lennon stated that one of his favorite songs was The Miracles\’ \"I\’ve Been Good To You\", which has similar lyrics to Lennon\’s \"Sexy Sadie\". George Harrison also greatly admired Robinson and paid tribute to him in his 1976 song \"Pure Smokey\". (The Beatles had recorded Robinson and The Miracles\’ \"You\’ve Really Got A Hold On Me\" in 1963.) Bob Dylan said of Robinson, that he is \"America\’s greatest living poet.\"[citation needed] After marrying Claudette Rogers, Robinson started a family, and named both of his children after Motown: his son was named Berry after the company\’s founder, and his daughter Tamla after the Motown imprint for which Robinson and The Miracles recorded. The Miracles remained a premier Motown act through most of the 1960s. The group\’s billing was changed to \"Smokey Robinson & the Miracles\" after 1966. By 1969, the group\’s fortunes began to falter, and Robinson decided to quit The Miracles so that he could remain at home with his family and concentrate on his duties as vice president. The group stopped recording and Robinson prepared to leave the group. Unexpectedly, however, their 1969 recording \"Baby, Baby Don\’t Cry\" hit the national Billboard Pop Top 10, and when their 1967 recording of \"The Tears of a Clown\" was released as a single in 1970, it became a number-one hit in both the United States and the United Kingdom. With the surprise success of \"The Tears of a Clown\", Robinson chose to remain with The Miracles for a few more years. In 1972, however, he followed through on his original plans to leave the group, and The Miracles began a six-month farewell tour. On July 16, 1972, Smokey and Claudette Robinson gave their final performances as Miracles at the Carter Barron Amphitheater in Washington, D.C., and Robinson introduced the group\’s new lead singer, Billy Griffin. The Miracles went on for a while, even having another million-seller with \"Do It Baby\"* (1974), a multi-million selling number one hit, \"Love Machine\", in 1975,and a Platinum Album with City Of Angels that same year. (Reference:The Book Of Golden Discs- by Joseph Murrells)

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