Is Smokey Robinson gay? Poll indicates 79% do not believe his homosexuality!
It seems that sooner or later, any VIP has been suspected of being homosexual. Many of the rumors about Smokey Robinson's homosexuality (Being with You, Cruisin', Baby That's Backatcha, …) seem to be due to the maniacal care of his body, like most singers.
In any case, the poll indicates that a large majority of voters-79%-did not believe that he was homosexual.
Is Smoky Robinson gay?
It is unclear whether indeed Smokey Robinson is gay or not. The talented musician has always appeared in public with women and has never alluded to having loved a man in the past. However, we would not be surprised to learn that Smokey may have been with some men in the past.
Wife and children
Smokey Robinson is currently married to fashion designer Frances Glandney. The couple married a few times in 2004 and have lived their lives together since then, although they have no children.
Smoky himself has three children; son Berry Robinson, born in 1968, and daughter Tamla Robinson, born in 1969 from his first marriage to former Miracle bandmate Claudette Rogers. In 1984, he had a son, named Trey from an extramarital affair that led to the collapse of his marriage to Rogers.
Smoky Robinson Biography
Smokey was born William Robinson Jr. to Flossie and William Robinson Sr. on February 19, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. His parents were of mixed black and French descent.
While growing up, Smokey witnessed firsthand the harshness of life was raised in a rough neighborhood in the North End area of Detroit. In order to give himself a chance at a better life, Smokey worked hard in school and excelled both in his studies and as an athlete. He also had a passion for music that led him to create the group The Five Chimes in 1958.
The Five Chimes composed of Smokey Robinson, Ronald White, Pete Moore, Bobby Rodgers and Emerson Rodgers who was later replaced by Claudette Rodgers. In 1957, the group changed its name to the Matadors and in 1958 they welcomed guitarist Marv Tarplin. By that time, the Matadors had gained some local fame and began touring their city, performing at various clubs and venues where they had a chance. They later changed their name again, this time to The Miracles.
While touring and looking for a record deal,The Miracles met record producer Berry Gordy Jr. who was impressed with Smokey's voice and songwriting skills. Gordy went on to help the group put together their first single entitled "Got a Job."
Robinson at the time was attending college where he was pursuing a degree in electrical engineering. However, he later dropped out after his group got a contract with Motown Records. The Miracles' first big hit with their new label was the song "Shop Around," which was released in 1960. The hit song became Motown's first record to sell millions and helped the group develop a cult following.
Since then, Smoky Robinson, who has been the lead singer, songwriter and producer, has not looked back as he and his group have released more than 20 songs that have made the top 40 hits. They include songs such as "You Really Got a Hold on Me," "I Second That Emotion," "Baby Baby Don't Cry" and the number one hit, "The Tears of a Clown."
Outside his group, Robinson wrote and produced songs for his other labelmates, notably The Temptations, Mary Wells, and Marvin Gaye. His work contributed directly to the success of Motown Records and helped establish him as the godfather of soul music. He went on to become vice president of Motown Records before calling it quits in 1972.
Smokey Robinson is said to have an estimated net worth of $100 million that he has accumulated over the more than 50 years he has spent in the music industry.
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