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5 Smokey Robinson hit songs we want to hear at his Indio and Cerritos shows

By in Press Enterprise on January 10, 2018

By Richard Guzman

With a career that spans more than 60 years, Grammy-winning R&B, soul and pop legend Smokey Robinson helped define the Motown sound.

As the leader of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and later as a solo artist, Robinson’s tenor voice paired with the subtle elegance of his melodies and deeply honest lyrics earned him a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame among various other accolades and awards.

The singer heads to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio on Friday, Jan. 12, and to the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Jan. 13, for a show that’s being billed as “an evening of timeless hits.”

According to the Robinson’s website, he has more than 4,000 songwriting credits, which has him writing an average of 63 songs per year for the 63 years since the Miracles’ inception. Even with a catalog a fraction of the size it would be impossible for him to perform all of his hits in one night.

So with that in mind, here are five essential Smokey Robinson songs we hope to hear at these concerts.

1. “Tracks of My Tears”

Album: “Going to a Go-Go” (1965)

Why: Widely considered one of his greatest songs ever, this song got the No. 5 spot in Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It’s a brutally honest emotional tune about a man who seems happy on the outside but is dying on the inside.

Memorable lines:

“People say I’m the life of the party
Because I tell a joke or two
Although I might be laughing loud and hearty
Deep inside I’m blue”

2. “My Girl”

Album: “The Temptations Sing Smokey” (1965)

Why: Robinson wrote this song and gave it to The Temptations, and it pretty much […]    

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