Posts Tagged ‘Smokey Robinson’

Happy Birthday, Smokey Robinson

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Celebrating his 70th birthday today is the man that Bob Dylan proclaimed as “America’s greatest living poet,” Motown music master Smokey Robinson.

Roger Green commemorates the event at his Information Without the Bun site, astutely noting that “anyone who could write ‘My Girl’ AND ‘My Guy’ is the consummate songwriter.”

But Roger overlooked my all-time favorite Smokey tune – which is understandable considering that Robinson penned more than 400 songs.

So here’s a vintage ’60s clip of my fave, “Ooo Baby Baby,” from the British pop show, “Ready, Steady, Go”:

Happy Birthday, Smokey Robinson.

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MARIANNE FAITHFULL’s “Easy Come, Easy Go: 12 Songs for Music Lovers”

Friday, April 24th, 2009
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(Decca, 2009):  Reunited with her musical soulmate/producer Hal Willner, Faithfull wraps her beautifully whiskey ‘n’ cigarettes-ravaged voice around a well-chosen collection of tunes from the songbags of Neko Case, Randy Newman, Morrissey, Duke Ellington, the Decemberists and more. Among those who dropped by the studio to help out are Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright, Cat Powers and Sean Lennon.

Best of the bunch? It’s a toss-up. Either Smokey Robinson’s “Ooh Baby Baby” sung with Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons, of course). Or Merle Haggard’s classic “Sing Me Back Home” with Keith Richards, which is every bit as good as it looks on paper.

Marianne Faithfull: Easy Come, Easy Go

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