Smokey Robinson Enlists Elton John, John Legend & Others For Duets Album
By Denny Directo
Smokey Robinson's career spans over four decades of hits, and the Motown legend still sounds better than ever! Smokey is the focus of a new tribute album, which features duets with artists including Elton John, John Legend and James Taylor, and ET's Brooke Anderson sat down with the crooner to talk about the star-studded project.
Smokey's latest effort is a tribute to his 50-year career in music in which he has penned over 4,000 songs, been inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame and continues to thrill sold-out audiences with his sweet, smooth tone.
Since his days as part of The Miracles, he has been dominating the R&B scene since the 1960s and solidified his influence on the music industry by writing and producing hits for some of the biggest names in Motown including The Temptations, Brenda Holloway, Marvin Gaye and others.
For the album, due in September, Smokey enlisted American Idol's Randy Jackson to not only help produce but also handpick the artists to sing duet with him.
"We let every artist pick a song of mine that they really loved," Smokey adds.
The duo have been working on the project for about eight months and counting and managed to get everyone's contributions to the tracks recorded separately.
"Very seldom are people in the studio together even when you hear them on the record together," Smokey explains.
Watch what happens when Smokey gets Brooke in the recording booth to sing his classic tune, The Tracks Of My Tears!