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Posted: 12:00 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012
By Donald Thrasher
Smokey Robinson: Fast Facts
• Smokey Robinson was born William Robinson Jr. in Detroit, Mich. in 1940.
• The singer was only 15 when he formed his first band The Five Chimes. The group changed its name to The Matadors before settling on The Miracles in 1959.
• Smokey Robinson & The Miracles scored its first major hit for Motown Records with “Shop Around” in 1960. The group was one of the legendary R&B label’s most successful acts, placing more than 50 singles onto Billboard’s Top 40 chart between 1959 and 1978.
• Robinson, who also wrote hits for Motown label mates The Temptations, Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye and The Marvelettes, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. The Miracles were inducted in April 2012.
• In June, the singer launched Smoke Alarms, a digital emergency broadcast network that uses social media and a growing web of contacts to promote special fund raising initiatives.
• Friday’s concert marks Robinson’s first appearance at Fraze Pavilion since 2002.
HOW TO GO
What: The 15th annual Celebrity Concert for Charity with Smokey Robinson and special guest Groove Doctor
Where: Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25
Cost: $35 lawn/terrace, $56 side orchestra (sections A&D)
More info: (937) 296-3300 or www.fraze.com
Artist info: www.smokeyrobinson.com