By Jim Johnson

Smokey Robinson shared a few details on the duets project I first reported on several weeks ago.

Entering the Songwriters Hall of Fame gala last Thursday, where he gave the induction speech for his pal Berry Gordy, Robinson said the songs would be ones he’s written for other stars. So don’t expect a fresh spin on “Shop Around” or “Tears of a Clown.” Think more along the lines of “My Girl” (made famous by The Temptations), “Still Water” (The Four Tops) or “You Beat Me to the Punch” (Mary Wells).

Robinson wasn’t ready to name any co-stars — since he’s yet to start choosing them.

Here’s what Smokey had to say about the project:  “I am making an album with… David Foster’s company, Verve Records. It is being produced by Randy Jackson. We’re using the Roots band for a lot of the music. And we got some wonderful people lined up to do duets with. It’s going to be songs that I wrote for other people, basically, that were hits — that I never sang. And I’m looking forward to it.”

Audio Courtesy of Premiere Networks.


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