Smokey Robinson Net Worth, Career, and Why the Nickname?

The supremely talented performer, songwriter, producer, R&B and pop singer- Smokey Robinson has a net worth of  $100 million.

The “Robinson” real facts

He practices Transcendental Meditation. Robinson is notable for his golden green eyes, which is attributed to inheritance from his great-grandmother.


It is interesting to note that he was the Vice President of Motown from 1960 to 1988, and left when the organisation was sold to MCA.

His life account, “Smokey: Inside My Life,” was distributed in 1989. Disclosures in the book startled a few fans. In addition to other things, Robinson conceded that he was dependent on rocks for two or three years, and quit in the wake of having a religious involvement with a customer facing facade church in Los Angeles.

The Nickname Secret

His original name is William Robinson, Jr. and his uncle Claude gave him the nickname “Smokey Joe”. This is where his popular name Smokey Robinson comes from.

The career of Robinson

Smokey Robinson has a long music career of more than 50 years. He is identified with varied genres of music, like R&B, Soul, Adult Contemporary and Pop. He has won abundant wealth and fame perfecting different roles that he has played in these years.

Founding “The Miracles”, which is a popular Motown vocal group was one of his achievements. He was the chief songwriter and producer for The Miracles. Robinson remained associated with the group for a considerable period, i.e. 1955 to 1972. It was the success of their best hit “Tears of a Clown” that made Robinson stay till 1972.

During this time he penned various hit singles like “The One Who Really Loves You”, The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game”, The Way You Do The Things You Do”, “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me”, “Mickey’s Monkey”, “I Second That Emotion”, “Baby Baby Don’t Cry,” and many more. He also wrote lyrics for “First I Look at the Purse”, “Still Water”, “Floy Joy”.

Robinson’s last performance with “The Miracles” was in Washington, D.C. in July 1972. Then the thought of retiring from the stage came to his mind. However, music has been on the top of his priority list and never lost importance for him.


He is the proud recipient of Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance (1988), Grammy Legend Award (1991), Soul Train Music Award for Heritage Award (1991), Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award (1997), Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1999), Kennedy Center Honors (2006), BET Lifetime Achievement Award (2015).


Charity Work

Robinson has supported many charities such as UNICEF, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, Miami Children’s Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes.

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