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Smokey Robinson Sings The Hits, With A Few Good Friends09:55

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Smokey Robinson's new album of duets, Smokey & Friends, is out Aug. 19. (Courtesy of the artist)closemore
Smokey Robinson's new album of duets, Smokey & Friends, is out Aug. 19. (Courtesy of the artist)

Smokey Robinson may know the formula to scripting the perfect love song. Over his 40-year career, he's has written thousands of songs — both for his own group The Miracles and for other legends of Motown, including Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and The Supremes.

For the new album Smokey and Friends, Robinson recruited a select group of musicians to help him sing some of his classic hits: Elton John, Sheryl Crow and Mary J. Blige, and many more. He spoke about it with NPR's Linda Wertheimer; hear their conversation at the audio link.

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