2003 – Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson’s new band Hookah Brown call it quits a mere six months after their first show. Sighs Robinson, “Sometimes life gets in the way of people being able to make music together.”
2002 – Jimmie Lee Robinson, a Chicago blues stalwart known for his pointed lyrics and storyteller’s sensibility is found dead in his car on Chicago’s southwest side. He is 71. He has a single gunshot wound to his head and his Deaths is ruled a suicide.
2000 – Motown legend Smokey Robinson joins the ranks of music stars-turned-radio stars when he dons his own on-air persona on Los Angeles station KCMG (Mega 92.3) with the show “Intimate With Smokey Robinson.”
1994 – Madonna visits the San Antonio Spurs locker room to applaud David Robinson on his game.
1989 – Smokey Robinson biography “Inside My Life” is published today. An interesting fact he reveals that “he cured himself from crack addiction by locking himself in Berry Gordy’s poolside cabana.”
1987 – Roy Orbison, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Jackie Wilson are among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts the late Jackie Wilson, the Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, B.B. King, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Smokey […]
1985 – On TV tonight, you can watch the premiere of The Motown Review, hosted by Smokey Robinson.
1973 – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles host tonight’s Midnight Special, welcoming the Stylistics and Rare Earth
1971 – On today’s American Bandstand, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles perform “Tears of a Clown.”
1969 – At California’s Fantasy Faire and Magic Mountain Music Festival you can see performances by the Byrds, the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Smokey Robinson, and Dionne Warwick. Hopefully you don’t have to wear a silly Gandalf hat.
1968 – Simon & Garfunkel release “Mrs. Robinson” from The Graduate soundtrack.
1965 – Now that’s what I call a chart: Today at No. 1 are the Beatles with “Help!” No. 2 is Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone.” At No. 8 is James Brown’s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”; at No. 16 is Smokey Robinson & the Miracles’ “Tracks of My Tears”; and at No. […]