Motown pioneer Smokey Robinson will make his first appearance in the Quad-Cities with an 8 p.m. concert June 7 at the i wireless Center, Moline.
Tickets ($29.50 and $49.50, with a limited number at $69.50) will go on sale at 10 a.m. April 26, at the arena box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, 800-745-3000 and ticketmaster.com. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit Genesis HealthSystem.
A 73-year-old Detroit native, Mr. Robinson founded The Miracles while in high school. The group's single"Shop Around" became Motown's first No. 1 hit on the R&B singles chart.
He went on to pen hits for the group, including "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," "Ooo Baby Baby," "TheTracks of My Tears," "Going to a Go-Go," "More Love," "Tears of a Clown" and "I Second That Emotion." Hissolo career included "Cruisin," "Being With You," "Just to See Her" and "One Heartbeat."
His 50-year career in music includes more than 4,000 songs and his selection as vice president of Motown Records. He continues to entertain audiences around the world with hishigh tenor voice.
In 1987, Mr. Robinson was inducted to the Rock &Roll Hall of Fame. In 1989, came the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, and in 1991, he received the Soul Train Music Awards. In 1993, he was awarded the National Medal ofArts.
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.