Big Al sends Happy Birthday love to William "Smokey" Robinson - he's 73 TODAY!!
Motown's original triple-threat -- he led The Miracles, and wrote for and produced labelmates Mary Wells, The Temptations and The Marvelettes - -was the first of its stars to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His "Shop Around" was Motown's first pop Top 10 and reached number-one on the soul charts. He later wrote and/or sang such classics as "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" (which The Beatles covered), "My Guy," "My Girl," "Tracks of My Tears" and "Tears of a Clown," yet he didn't win his first Grammy until 1987, for "Just to See Her." Smokey co-hosted the first American Music Awardson his birthday in 1974.