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William Robinson, Jr.

Also Known As: "Smokey Joe"
Birthplace: Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William "Five" Robinson Sr. and Flossie Robinson
Husband of Private
Ex-husband of Private
Ex-partner of Private
Father of Private; Private and Private
Half brother of Dorothy Geraldine Burston and Rose Ella "Aunt Woody" Jones

Occupation: American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, and former record executive
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About Smokey Robinson

William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr. (born February 19, 1940) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. Robinson was the founder and front man of the Motown vocal group the Miracles, for which he also served as the group's chief songwriter and producer. Robinson led the group from its 1955 origins as the Five Chimes until 1972 when he announced a retirement from the group to focus on his role as Motown's vice president.

However, Robinson returned to the music industry as a solo artist the following year, later scoring Top 10 solo hits such as "Cruisin'" (1979), "Being With You" (1981) and "Just to See Her" (1987). Following the sale of Motown Records in 1988, Robinson left the company in 1990. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Robinson was awarded the 2016 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for his lifetime contributions to popular music.

Who Do You Think You Are? US Season 9 (2017)

"Smokey Robinson searches for answers behind the mystery of why his grandfather disappeared from his children’s lives and finds a man tangled in a swirl of controversy."

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Smokey Robinson's Timeline

February 19, 1940
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, United States