On Thursday, the singer, songwriter and producer will release new audio memoir “Smokey Robinson: Grateful and Blessed,” available exclusively on Audible within the Audible Plus catalog. The 100-minute special features a mix of words and music, as Robinson recounts his humble beginnings in Detroit, growing up with future icons Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross. He recalls his early days as frontman of vocal group The Miracles, and work with Motown artists Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations, writing the latter’s enduring 1964 hit “My Girl.”
Robinson, 80, calls up USA TODAY from quarantine, where he’s been spending much-appreciated time with his wife, Frances Gladney, and their 5-year-old white lab, Shiloh.
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