Sunday, 25 October 2009

Smokey Robinson at the Electric Proms.

So, we saw Smokey Robinson play in London last night, as part of the Electric Proms. And I tell you what, he was brilliant. At 69 years of age, his voice and his dance moves were both startlingly good. He was positively frugging. And I can't imagine how his voice could sound any better. Smooth but smoky. He kept us entertained with little stories – quite a few about the Temptations who sang many of his songs, and who he called 'The Temps' which would be a great name for a band – and basically delivered a polished show, straight from a bygone era when singers wore suits and sang love songs. Everyone sang along, sometimes in three part harmony, as directed by Smokey – I mean, who can resist singing My Girl... My Girl... My Girl!  As Vice President of Motown throughout its heyday and the writer of so many amazing songs (see here for a list), it's incredible that he is also a masterful entertainer and yeah, possessor of an incredible voice as well. But I suppose some people are just born to be awesome. The concert is being shown tonight on BBC2 at 11pm, or on iPlayer if you miss it.

6 comments:

  1. Damn! I remember you flagging it up on here and thought "oh yeah, I better get onto that, otherwise I'll forget until they're sold out"... and waddya know!

    Glad it was great though - he is a proper icon and I don't know why he's not more celebrated.

    Did he play 'Just my Soul Responding'. Epic Vietnam protest song, Sioux chanting and a bit of Happy Birthday thrown in?

    I know the competition is tough but it's my favourite thing he recorded (controversial!).

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  2. Argh! Never heard that before and just listened - Smokey, what did you do?! Oh dear. Was that supposed to be his 'What's Going On?'

    Fail.

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  3. is that one of your photos? None of mine managed to turn out like that!

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  4. I don't remember you taking any photos?

    Yeah, it's mine, although slightly sharpened in Photoshop.

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  5. Seriously? I do really love that song! It's obviously completely nuts I agree, there's no getting away from that. But it's lovely all the same. I would have been heckling the old boy for it at every interval so probably best I wasn't there.

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  6. Erm, well I was laughing when I listened to it?

    But I'll try again.

    It was the Happy Birthday that got me going, and then yeah, the chanting...!

    (Don't let me ruin it for you, tho!)

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