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 Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.