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Alice Cooper says he paved the way for today's pop star antics

Alice Cooper says he paved the way for today's pop star antics

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 12 (UPI) --Alice Cooper says Shakira, Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga are just doing an updated version of the role he first crafted for himself in the 60s and 70s.
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Jordin Sparks to host national anthem special on PBS

Jordin Sparks to host national anthem special on PBS

BALTIMORE, Aug. 21 (UPI) --Jordin Sparks and John Lithgow are set to host a ceremony celebrating the 200th anniversary of the national anthem.
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Mariah Carey dons very low-cut dress for BET Honors

Mariah Carey dons very low-cut dress for BET Honors

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Mariah Carey managed not to have a wardrobe malfunction during Saturday's BET honors, despite her daring gown.
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Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson to perform at BET Honors

Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson to perform at BET Honors

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae, Tamar Braxton and Smokey Robinson are to perform at the BET Honors ceremony in Washington this month.
Grammy Awards: Miley Cyrus, Lorde play pre-Grammys Clive Davis gala [PHOTOS]

Grammy Awards: Miley Cyrus, Lorde play pre-Grammys Clive Davis gala [PHOTOS]

Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The iconic mogul's annual gala drew a cavalcade of stars headed for Sunday night's Grammys.
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Michael Buble croons at N.Y. subway stop

Michael Buble croons at N.Y. subway stop

NEW YORK, April 26 (UPI) -- Canadian crooner Michael Buble gave an impromptu performance at the Lincoln Center New York subway stop, singing Smokey Robinson's "Who's Lovin' You."

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Smokey Robinson signs with Verve

Smokey Robinson signs with Verve

HOLLYWOOD, March 30 (UPI) -- Motown singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson has signed with Verve Music Group to release his 29th album, a collection of duets, the label announced.

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Miracles singer Bobby Rogers dead at 73 ... Queen Elizabeth out of hospital, cancels public events for the week ... Barbara Walters beats chicken pox, returns to 'The View' ... Bret Michaels first contestant fired from all-stars edition of 'Celebrity Apprentice' ... News from United Press International.
Miracles singer Bobby Rogers dead at 73

Miracles singer Bobby Rogers dead at 73

DETROIT, March 4 (UPI) -- Motown musician Bobby Rogers has died of complications from diabetes in his Southfield, Mich., home, his friend Jeanne Sorensen told The Detroit News.
Robinson says he recorded duet with Franco

Robinson says he recorded duet with Franco

NEW YORK, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Motown music icon Smokey Robinson has confirmed he recorded a song called "Crime" with Hollywood actor James Franco and his band Daddy.
Dixon, LeKae land 'Motown' roles

Dixon, LeKae land 'Motown' roles

NEW YORK, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Brandon Victor Dixon and Valisia LeKae have been cast as Berry Gordy and Diana Ross in "Motown: The Musical," the Broadway show's producers said.
Historic Howard Theatre reopens this week

Historic Howard Theatre reopens this week

WASHINGTON, April 9 (UPI) -- The Howard Theatre, a historic African-American arts landmark in Washington, is reopening this week after a $29 million renovation and 32-year hiatus.
Mellencamp to be Hall of Fame presenter

Mellencamp to be Hall of Fame presenter

CLEVELAND, March 20 (UPI) -- Chuck D, John Mellencamp, Stevie Van Zandt and Chris Rock are to be presenters at next month's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland.
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Smokey Robinson appears backstage at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 31, 2010. UPI/Phil McCarten
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William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr. (born February 19, 1940) is an American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. Robinson is one of the primary figures associated with Motown, second only to the company's founder, Berry Gordy. Robinson's consistent commercial success and creative contributions to the label have earned him the title "King of Motown." As an original member of Motown Records' first vocal group The Miracles and as a solo artist, Robinson delivered many U.S. and U.K. Top 40 hits for Motown between 1960 and 1987. He also served as the company's vice president from 1961 to 1988.

Robinson was born and raised in the North End neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan.

According to Entertainment Weekly, "when he was 6 or 7, his Uncle Claude christened him "Smokey Joe," which the young William, a Western-movie enthusiast, at first assumed to be "his cowboy name for me." Some time later, he learned the deeper significance of his nickname: It derived from smokey, a pejorative term for dark-skinned blacks. "I'm doing this," his uncle told the light-skinned boy, "so you won't ever forget that you're black."

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