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Ooo Baby Baby: What We Know About Smokey Robinson's Career, Family Life, And $150M Fortune

When it comes to legendary singer-songwriters, few have had the impact of Smokey Robinson. Born William Robinson Jr. in Detroit, Smokey started playing music in 1955, when he formed a band called The Five Chimes. After a few lineup changes — including the addition of Claudette Rogers (who would later become Smokey’s wife) — The Five Chimes eventually became known as The Miracles. Their harmonious performances eventually caught the attention of one Berry Gordy, who was just starting a label of his own that would, eventually, be called Motown Records. And from that day forward, nothing was the same. From the recording of such classic tracks as “Ooo Baby Baby” and “Tears of a Clown,” to eventually becoming the Motown vice president, Smokey Robinson is nothing short of a living, breathing part of Black musical history. His unique talent has earned him a net worth (per Celebrity Net Worth) of $150 million, and he continues to be influential on a whole new generation of...