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Watch Anderson .Paak and Smokey Robinson perform “Make It Better” on Thursday’s episode ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live.’
Watch Anderson .Paak’s video for “Make It Better” featuring legendary soul singer Smokey Robinson.
About Smokey Robinson
Singer, songwriter, and record producer. Born on February 19, 1940, in Detroit, Michigan. Growing up in a rough neighborhood, Robinson started out singing in local groups. In the early 1950s, he formed the Matadors, which later became the world famous Miracles. A chance meeting with record producer Berry Gordy, Jr. led to a contract with Motown Records as well as an important working relationship. The Miracles scored their first big hit with “Shop Around” (1960) and developed quite a following with their energetic R&B sound. The group has numerous hits, including “You Really Got a Hold on Me” (1962) and “I Second That Emotion” (1967). Robinson also worked behind the scenes, composing and producing for the Miracles and other Motown artists, such as Mary Wells and the Temptations. His work contributed to the success of Motown Records and helped advance the popularity of soul music.
Robinson went solo in 1972, creating a more mellow sound for himself. Often associated with romantic soul music, he released such successful albums as A Quiet Storm (1974) and Touch the Sky (1983). The mid-1980s were a difficult time for him as he battled a drug addiction. Robinson openly discussed his cocaine problem as well as many other personal topics in his 1989 autobiography Smokey: Inside My Life. He has credited his recovery from substance abuse to his religious faith.
Robinson went on to win his first Grammy Award as a solo artist in 1987 for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male for the song “Just To See Her” from the album One Heartbeat. Other later solo recordings included Double Good Everything (1991) and Intimate (1999). He took his work in a new direction in 2004, releasing a collection of music that reflected his spiritual beliefs entitled Food for the Spirit.
Still a popular entertainer, Robinson continues to perform live. He also has been busy as a public speaker, talking to groups about his personal experiences. Exploring new business opportunities, Robinson formed a food company called Smokey Robinson Foods, which includes a line of ready-to-eat meals.
In 2006, Robinson was selected to be a Kennedy Center Honoree for his contributions to the arts and American culture and received an honorary degree from Howard University. That year, he also put out a new album, Timeless Love, which offered Robinson’s own take on several classic songs, such as Cole Porter’s “Night and Day” and the Gershwin brothers’ “Our Love Is Here to Stay.”
Mike Gordon dusted off “Soulfood Man” for the first time since 2017 and just second time since 2014 as part of his band’s Sunday night show at Mr. Small’s in Pittsburgh.
Wilco loaded their setlist with bust outs and rarities on Sunday at their Sky Blue Sky destination event in Mexico.
Dead & Company focused on Jerry songs over the course of Sunday’s matinee at Playing In The Sand in Mexico.
Saturday’s Trey Anastasio Band concert at The Wiltern in Los Angeles included the debut of a new original entitled “All Pretending” and a cover of “Over The Rainbow” from ‘The Wizard Of Oz.’
Umphrey’s McGee concluded a two-night stand at the Beacon Theatre in New York City with a show that included a debut cover of “Limelight” by Rush, guest spots from NYC scene fixtures Mike Stern and Leni Stern and much more.