1940 : William “Smokey” Robinson Born in Detroit

February 19, 2023 all-day

Smokey Robinson

As lead singer of the group Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Robinson performed hits like “The Tears of a Clown” and “The Tracks of My Tears.” As a producer and writer, he lent his skills to Mary Wells with her single “My Guy” and the Temptation’s “My Girl.” In 1972, Robinson became a solo artist, and the hits continued. Robinson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He continues to write and perform today.

Source : Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.

The Tears of a Clown from YouTube.

The Tracks of My Tears (1965)

My Girl by the Temptations.

Smoky Robinson wikipedia entry