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Known as the "King of Motown," Smokey Robinson founded the R&B group The Miracles, which delivered 37 Top 40 hits for Motown Records.
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A dedicated entertainer, Robinson continues to record new music and maintain a busy tour schedule. In 2009, he released the studio album Time Flies When You're Having Fun. In 2012, Robinson gave an impressive performance on the television competition Dancing with the Stars. Around the same time, The Miracles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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