By Cynthia P. Smith
Smokey Robinson proved Friday night that age really is nothing but a number.
At 75 years young, Robinson clearly demonstrated he still has THE voice.
Performing before a packed house at Jones Hall, Robinson was the perfect act for the Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) 50-year celebration.
Clad in a white suit, Smokey Robinson opened his show with Being With You bringing the crowd to its feet.
No doubt it was a great show, just wanted to hear more singing then storytelling. But you know what? It was needed. Smokey Robinson, whom most would consider the face of Motown, took the audience way back – to the days of the listening parties by all the Motown acts.
Though it diluted the show a bit, Robinson reminded the crowd of his journey with Motown boss Barry Gordy.
Accompanied by three background singers, Robinson’s voice sounded just like it did when he sang with The Miracles back in 1970.
His abilities as a performer also were intact, as he acted with his voice and hands as he sauntered across the stage.
Ooo Baby Baby was slow and intense, so much so the crowd cheered the opening and whooped him along as he reared back and grimaced.
Telling the audience, “We came to be intimate; to get closer; to feel,” Robinson indeed became intimate with the crowd when he sang Love Bath and That Place.
Did I say he was 75 years young?
Before ending the show, Robinson gave the audience a taste of songs he wrote for The Temptations – The Way You Do the Things You Do, Get Ready and My Girl.
He definitely left the audience wanting more.
Thanks Smokey Robinson for more than 50 years of music.
I think it was unanimous – we loved “cruising together.”