Smokey Robinson heading to Hard Rock in January
Tickets for soul crooner Smokey Robinson’s Jan. 25 concert in Hollywood go on sale this Friday, Nov. 2. Fans who plan on seeing the Motown legend onstage at the Hard Rock Event Center can order the tickets starting at 10 a.m.
• Prices are $35, $60, $80 and $130. You can order by calling 1-800-745-3000 or by going to MyHRL.com.
• American Express cardholders can start buying their tickets Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m.
• A pre-sale will be held through the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood’s Facebook and Twitter pages starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.
• The Hard Rock Event Center is a part of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino at 1 Seminole Way, in Hollywood.
Robinson not only reached the top of the charts with his group the Miracles (later styled as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles a la Diana Ross and the Supremes), but also by writing hits for Motown stars such as the Temptations (“The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “Get Ready”), Marvin Gaye (“Ain’t That Peculiar?”), the Marvelettes (“The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game") and Mary Wells (“My Guy”). In fact, it was “Shop Around,” one of Robinson’s early songs, that gave the then struggling Motown its first million seller in 1960.
Robinson went on to pen such hits for the Miracles as “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Ooo Baby, Baby,” “I Second That Emotion,” “Who’s Loving You,” “The Tracks of My Tears” and “The Tears of a Clown.”
Robinson took on double-duty at Motown in the mid-’60s, serving as a vice president for his friend Berry Gordy, founder of the Detroit-based record label (which decamped in the late ’60s to Los Angeles to produce television specials and movies). By the 19709s, Robinson’s veep responsibilities took over, and he put his recording career on the back burner. After a few tepid albums, he returned in a big way with 1975’s “A Quiet Storm,” which put him back in the game and gave a name to a whole genre of soft R&B ballads played late at night on FM radio stations.
As a solo artist, Robinson scored with “Cruisin’,” “Being With You” and “Baby That’s Backatcha.” He teamed up with Rick James for the slow jam “Ebony Eyes.”
Robinson was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1989. In 2002, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. In 2006, he was a Kennedy Center honoree.