THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 6 - 7. SMOKEY ROBINSON (320kbs-m4a/127mb/55mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 3rd January 2018
Smokey Robinson discusses his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2013.
Even amongst the ranks of the greatest songwriters of all time, few can claim to have genuinely changed the world. Smokey Robinson can, both as a member of The Miracles and a solo artist. He's sung, written and produced some of the greatest songs of all time - including I Second That Emotion, Tears of a Clown and The Tracks of My Tears. As vice-president at Motown for nearly thirty years, he shaped the style and sound of the label and helped the racial integration of popular music by achieving huge crossover success.
Smokey discusses his early life and formative musical influences, meeting Motown founder Berry Gordy and the enormous worldwide success that followed. He also discusses the challenges he faced in the segregated music industry of the time, and tells the stories behind some of his best loved songs.
He also talks openly about the problems he faced in the mid-80s (both professionally and his own battle with drugs) and his creative rebirth - providing an incredible insight into the man Bob Dylan called "America's greatest living poet".
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - I Second That Emotion [Universal Music TV]
Sarah Vaughan - Black Coffee
The Spaniels - Baby It's You
Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers - Why Do Fools Fall In Love [EMI]
The Miracles - Got A Job
The Miracles - You Really Got A Hold On Me [Sanctuary]
The Beatles - You Really Got A Hold On Me
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - The Tracks Of My Tears [Polygram TV]
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Going To A Go-Go [Universal]
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - The Tears Of A Clown [Universal Music TV]
The Miracles - Sweet Harmony
The Miracles - Baby That's Backatcha
The Soul Stirrers - Christ Is All
The Miracles - Quiet Storm