ESPN Music: Detroit

Passive Smokey Robinson ticked at Lions

September, 24, 2012
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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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