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Smokey Robinson
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Smokey Robinson is renowned for having one of Motown's great voices, but it's his songwriting skills that cemented his status as a legend. Bob Dylan once called him America's greatest living poet, and Robinson's signature numbers -- "Shop Around," "The Tracks of My Tears," "I Second That Emotion," and dozens of others -- certainly back up the claim. During the '60s, Robinson was penning and producing Motor City classics for the Temptations, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, and the rest of the Berry Gordy posse, in addition to assaulting the airwaves with the Miracles. Though his days as a chart-topper have ended, Robinson remains in the center of the small stage, where he continues to enrapture audiences with archetypal R&B. Never one to resort to the shimmying acrobatics of peers such as James Brown and Jackie Wilson, Robinson can still wow a crowd, using only the power of his singing and the breadth of his blue-chip catalog.

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