Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson

Bob Dylan called him "America's greatest living poet." As a writer of love songs, Smokey Robinson is peerless: From Motown standards like "My Girl" to the elaborately constructed, metaphor-driven "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game," "Let Me Be the Time (on the Clock of Your Heart)," and "The Way You Do the Things You Do," he explored every aspect of romantic love and his best songs showed a rare mastery of the pop form. His delicate yet emotionally powerful falsetto is among the most romantic in pop.

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