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Released: 1973-06-19

Label: Tamla Records


Smokey is the debut studio album by American soul singer, songwriter, and producer Smokey Robinson. It was released on June 19, 1973, by Tamla Records and was Robinson’s first solo record after his departure from The Miracles. The album featured the single “Sweet Harmony”, which was his tribute to his former singing partners in the Miracles: Bobby Rogers, Pete Moore and Ronnie White. Smokey was arranged by Dave Blumberg, Gene Page and Willie Hutch. It also featured the song “Baby Come Close”, his first solo hit single, and the single “Just My Soul Responding”, a protest song dealing with ghetto life in America, and the plight of the American Indian. Smokey peaked at number 70 on the Billboard albums chart, on which it spent 19 weeks.

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