Smokey Robinson Hits Apollo Stage, Quips 'Retirement Just Wasn’t My Thing!'

Smokey Robinson Continues His Legendary Music Journey at Apollo Theater.

by Nouman Rasool
Smokey Robinson Hits Apollo Stage, Quips 'Retirement Just Wasn’t My Thing!'
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To date, at the ripe old age of 84 years, Smokey Robinson just doesn’t quit. This singer and song writer of Motown still dances to the beats for seven decades and still causes a significant impact in the music world. On this coming Saturday, Robinson will be performing at the well known Apollo Theater proving his commitment and love for performance and music production even to this date.

The story of Robinson in the sphere of music contains both history and inspiration. From his beginnings with The Miracles, songs such as “Shop Around” and “Tears of a Clown” were produced by Smokey Robinson; the man has made a great contribution to R&B and soul music.

Actually, Robinson tried to retire in 1972, but soon failed realizing that he could not live without music. “I tried retiring one time and it didn’t work for me, man,” Robinson said to PEOPLE when talking about the decision to come back to music after a year of the supposed retirement.

Rooted in Rhythm

His passion runs far deeper than a simple drive to perform or to create, music has been his passion right from his childhood. “I love music, and I always did, before I even realized I would be making music for a living,” he shared his experiences about his childhood and teenage years spending with music.

Besides performing as a singer and record producer, Robinson’s personal professionalism has also helped him to stay active to this date. He sees himself as a health and fitness enthusiast, which has helped him remain fit and enthusiastic in performing his music, touring and producing other albums.

The most recent release is an album called “Gasms” and the next work will be in Spanish, which once again emphasizes his desire to develop within the genre. Another theater that Robinson has a particular fondness for is the Apollo Theater; not only is this place symbolic of black history and the Apollo stage, it also has meaning to Robinson and the Miracles.

He also appreciated and agreed with the title of the movie saying he found the Apollo ‘very, very precious’. As he rehearses for the show at the Apollo one more time which might be one of the last shows before the closure of the theater for remodeling, Robinson recalls how far he has come and the numerous shows he has produced.

“It is my impossible childhood dream and I am living every moment I spent on stage and in studios,” he adds.