The legendary Smokey Robinson will perform here in Las Vegas in 2019. There will be three shows, so If you are coming out to Vegas to let loose, you may want to consider taking in the show.
To help mark the 60th anniversary of Motown, Grammy®Award-winning artist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Smokey Robinson sat with AARP The Magazine to reflect on the story of the record label that influenced three generations and changed the music industry forever. Robinson shares how he became one of America’s most iconic singers, songwriters, record executives and visionaries who helped lead a musical revolution known as the “Motown Sound.”
With a music career spanning more than 50 years, Robinson’s resume boasts writing over 4,000 songs, including dozens of Top 40 hits. Along the way, he has worked, performed, written for, and laughed side by side with some of the music industry’s greatest talents – among them Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and Aretha Franklin.
Robinson notes that none of it would have been possible without the support of Motown founder, Berry Gordy. He gave Robinson, then a teenager, and musicians alike an outlet to master and share their craft during a time when other record executives did not care to notice.
“Back in those days, especially if you were black, nobody was paying you what you should be paid, if they paid you at all. So Berry decided to start his own record company and gave us that outlet,” Robinson shares with ATM.
At 78, Robinson seems to be just getting started. He is still recording and performing, including a special four-night run at the Wynn Las Vegas early next year.
Being at the forefront of a worldwide phenomenon at the most important music label of the century was beyond Robinson’s wildest dreams. He remembers the first day of Motown when founder Berry Gordy sat everyone down and said, “I’m going to start my own record company. We are not just going to make black music, we’re going to make music for the world.” And according to Robinson, “That was our plan, and we did it.”