Smokey Robin­son head­ing to Hard Rock in Jan­uary

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Showtime - Broward - - MUSIC - By Rod Stafford Hag­wood

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

• 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.

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