ESPN Music: Detroit Lions

Passive Smokey Robinson ticked at Lions

September, 24, 2012
Smokey RobinsonCourtesy of Motown/Hitsville Smokey Robinson and a friend stand in front of Hitsville USA studio in Detroit about 50 years ago.
Even after more than 50 years of performing, Motown singing legend Smokey Robinson still has a soft, melodic voice that resembles a whisper.

Born in Detroit and one of the originators of the Motown Sound with his group the Miracles, the 72-year-old Robinson hasn't changed much.

He still travels the country performing his many group and solo hits, including "Tears of a Clown" and "Being with You." And this past Friday and Saturday, he was in North Hollywood reciting poetry and telling his life story at the historic El Portal Theatre.

And, on Sunday, President Bill Clinton announced at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York that Robinson has been tapped to help raise funds and share clean drinking water through the Procter & Gamble Children's Safe Drinking Water Program.

But want to rile up Robinson, who is normally a passive activist?

Mention Sunday's afternoon loss by his hometown Detroit Lions to the Tennessee Titans.

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Randy Houser to perform at Lions practice

August, 3, 2012
Randy HouserEthan Miller/ACMA2012/Getty Images for ACMCountry singer Randy Houser is performing Sunday in Detroit right after the Lions' practice.
Because Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz is a big fan, country singer Randy Houser is headlining the inaugural Coach's Kickoff at Ford Field in Detroit Sunday.

There will be an autograph session with Lions players during the day, and Houser ends the night with a concert.

"I'm very excited about this. Football fans and music fans are basically the same people," said Houser, whose debut album was released in 2008. "My hope is to grab those fans who are on the middle of the fence and bring them over."

Schwartz spent 10 seasons working for the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, and that's where his love of country music began.

“I’m a Randy Houser fan, but missed him the last time he came through town,” Schwartz said in a statement. “I am thrilled he is going to be the headliner for our first event."

Houser said he's not a huge football fan but understands the importance.

"I'm an American, so that means I'm a football fan," said Houser, who played football, baseball and was on the high school rodeo team. "I always loved sports growing up, but music is what I love doing. I'm just very blessed."