When it comes to legendary songwriters, no list should lack mention of Smokey Robinson.
The Grammy-winning R&B/Soul icon – whose prized penmanship lent Motown’s flagship acts (The Temptations, The Supremes, The Jackson 5, etc.) some of their biggest hits and helped shift the genre into the mainstream – also helped himself to quite a few top 40 hits and millions of albums sold along his storied, nearly 6 decade-long career. Now, at long last, Robinson will see that story brought to the big screen.
Highlighted by years of hitmaking and chart-topping but rocked by drug abuse, extramarital affairs, and more that brought him to the nadir of his career, his tale is reportedly being brought to life by the creators of ‘Ray’ (a film that led actor/singer Jamie Foxx to an Academy Award win in 2005).
Can the magic be recreated? Smokey sure hopes so and is on the hunt for some big named actors to answer the call. Look inside for details:
As indicated above, Smokey is remaining tight-lipped about who is being considered to portray him in the feature film. Here’s hoping the pick – be it a seasoned actor or newcomer – does the role justice.