Smokey Robinson & the Miracles were the first successful recording act for Motown Records. They recorded over 50 hits, including 6 top ten singles. They were inducted into both the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame.
Maxine Powell, the legendary Motown etiquette expert, died on October 14, 2013 at the age of 98. She coached legends like Smokey Robinson and The Supremes on things like how to get in and out of cars, how to use props on stage and the proper way to greet important guests who visited backstage after a show. ‘“We worked with developing class,” she once said.
William "Smokey" Robinson was not only a singer, songwriter and producer, but quickly became a vice president at Motown when Berry Gordy Jr. saw his leadership and organizational skills. (The Detroit News archives)