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 Tuesday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2013. There are 21 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: We give "the government" the benefit of our circulation free of charge, for two advertisements for mules, horses and forage. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The official board of the First Methodist Church voted to build a new church. 1913 -- 100 years ago: W.A. Reid was elected commander of Siboney Bay Camp No. 8, United Spanish War Veterans. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Blanche S. Osborne, of Rock Island, is the only woman in the city who is a member of the American Legion. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Rocket Barbershop Chorus, under the direction of Howard Mesecher, will present a concert of barbershop songs at the December meeting of the Woman's Club of Moline at 2 Saturday afternoon in Scottish Rite Cathedral. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Helen A. Stone, of Moline, traded her organ's bench for a seat in the pew when she retired as church organist of Union Congregational Church, Moline, recently. She's been playing either piano or organ for the church for 61 years.