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    William "Smokey" Robinson encouraged people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, which he said left him hospitalized for 11 days. Robinson, 81, who founded the Motown vocal group The Miracles in 1955, told ET during a recent interview about his harrowing encounter with the virus, which he said left him worried if he would ever sing again. Regarding the time he spent in the hospital, Robinson said he doesn't remember "four or five of those days." "I am very happy to share [my story] because I hope it helps someone," Robinson said. "COVID just comes on and the people ask me today, who knew that I had it... where did you get it, how did you get it? I don't know. I have no idea how I got it. All I know is I looked up and I had it."  AJ McLean, Smokey Robinson, Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds and Charlie Wilson perform onstage during the 25th annual Keep Memory Alive 'Power of Love Gala' benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at Resorts World Las Vegas on...
    Smokey Robinson has urged people to 'protect' themselves and their loved ones after a near-death battle with 'real killer' COVID-19. The Motown legend, 81, was hospitalized for 11 days last year, after contracting the coronavirus, and feared he would never sing again. And the Tears of a Clown hitmaker has admitted it's been 'a really tough' thing to 'overcome' and he hopes by sharing his story, he will help others.  Take care of one another: Smokey Robinson has urged people to 'protect' themselves and their loved ones after a near-death battle with 'real killer' COVID-19 (pictured January 2020) Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, he said:  'I am very happy to share [my story] because I hope it helps someone, COVID just comes on and the people ask me today, who knew that I had it... where did you get it, how did you get it- I don't know. I have no idea how I got it. All I know is I looked up and I had it.' The music legend added: 'It was a horrible, horrible thing and while I was going through...
    Listen to the full conversation on our podcast “Beyond the Fame.” toggle audio on and off change volume download audio WTOP's Jason Fraley previews Smokey Robinson at MGM National Harbor (Part 1) Smokey Robinson has reason to celebrate at MGM National Harbor this Saturday night: The 81-year-old Motown legend is happy to be touring again after surviving COVID-19. “It was really crazy,” Robinson told WTOP. “Until April of this year, I had not done a concert since February 2020 because everything shut down. Unfortunately, I was afflicted by COVID in December of last year. I got it severely and it was a rough comeback, but I’m totally well now … that’s over and the concerts have started back up, which I am very happy about.” Born William Robinson in Detroit in 1940, his uncle gave him the nickname “Smokey.” “I grew up loving cowboys and he would take me to cowboy movies starting when I was about 3 years old,” Robinson said. “He had a cowboy name for me, ‘Smokey Joe’ … that lasted until I was 12 when they dropped...
    Smokey Robinson is detailing his bout with coronavirus that, he says, nearly took his life after he was hospitalized in December. The Motown legend, 81, told the Daily Mail that his battle with COVID-19 was "touch and go" and that he wasn’t sure he would ever sing again after the virus "took [his] voice" for a spell. "I am a COVID survivor," Robinson said. "I got it severely and I was hospitalized for 11 days — and four or five of those I do not even remember. It really was touch and go and a terribly debilitating ailment." The Grammy winner said he is nearly fully recovered but went on to explain that he ended up coming down with a cold around Christmastime and a first coronavirus test came back negative. Robinson said he began to feel worse and took a second test that confirmed a positive case and he moved into his guest house to mitigate the potential spread and risk to his wife. 'DANCING WITH THE STARS' PRO CHERYL BURKE REVEALS SHE HAS CORONAVIRUS, MUST QUARANTINE IN AN...
    Motown legend Smokey Robinson feared he would never sing again after his terrifying battle with Covid-19 late last year.  Robinson has revealed he spent 11 days in acute care in an Los Angeles hospital after contracting the virus last December and was left so weak from the virus that he nearly died.  The music icon, famed for his powerful octave popping silky tones on hits like Tears of a Clown and Being With You, admitted that it was only after leaving hospital that he realized the 'severity' of his case. Doctors told him a key factor in his ability to pull through was his high fitness levels at age 81 - despite the elderly being the most susceptible during the Covid spike in December 2020. In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Robinson said he is almost fully recovered and has even stepped up his physical workout regime to stay fit to ward off reinfection. Smokey Robinson, pictured performing in Los Angeles last month, has revealed he nearly died last December after a terrifying battle with Covid-19 The Motown legend told...
    Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Luke Combs top the lineup for the Stagecoach Country Music Festival’s post-pandemic return, festival producer Goldenvoice announced via social media on Monday morning. The beloved music festival, which started in 2007, will return to the Empire Polo Club in Indio April 29-May 1. The lineup also includes Maren Morris, Midland, Brandi Carlile, Brothers Osborne, The Black Crowes and Smokey Robinson. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 16, at 10 a.m. Pacific. Three-day general admission passes start at $379; three-day general admission passes with a shuttle pass start at $439; three-day Corral Standing Pit passes are $1,299; three-day Corral reserved seating runs $829 and $1,299. General parking is free, but preferred parking is $99. A shuttle pass is $70. All of the prices do not include fees. While Stagecoach is known for being a country festival, it has crossed over with rock since its early years, from having the Eagles and Kid Rock headline the Mane Stage to bringing in artists such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gregg Allman and Bret Michaels of Poison to play big sets...
    NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Smokey Robinson, who was born in 1940; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), who was born in 1948; “The Joy Luck Club” author Amy Tan, who was born in 1952; “The Newsroom” star Jeff Daniels, who was born in 1955; “Dynasty” star Kathleen Beller, who was born in 1956; former World Series MVP Dave Stewart, who was born in 1957; “Bridget Jones’ Diary” author Helen Fielding, who was born in 1958; NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who was born in 1959; “Kiss From a Rose” singer Seal, who was born in 1963; Kansas City Chiefs co-owner Clark Hunt, who was born in 1965; Oscar-winning actor Benicio del Toro, who was born in 1967; and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author Jeff Kinney, who was born in 1971. *** A STAR IS BORN: Nicolaus Copernicus was born on this day in 1473. The Polish astronomer and priest revolutionized scientific thought with what came to be called the Copernican theory, which put the sun instead of...
    (CNN)Smokey Robinson took a do-over at pronouncing Hanukkah for a fan on Cameo, the celebrity greeting service.The Motown legend accidentally mispronounced the Jewish holiday when he read the Hebrew spelling Chanukah (Cha-NOOK-ah) and posted it on Twitter Sunday."My mom grew up on the same street as Smokey Robinson in Detroit. So for Chanukah, I wanted to reunite them via @Cameo," shared Jeff Jacobson, who commissioned the original Cameo for his mom. "But the video takes a strange twist." Hey @jeffjacobson - in the spirit of 2020, Im gonna need a do-over! Please DM your mothers phone number so we can try this again ???? https://t.co/4E87elQkD8— Smokey Robinson (@smokeyrobinson) December 15, 2020 Robinson had admitted he had "no idea what Chanookah is" in the video, so he re-recorded the message. "Hey @jeffjacobson -- in the spirit of 2020, I'm gonna need a do-over! Please DM your mother's phone number so we can try this again," he tweeted Monday in a message to Jacobson.Jacobson sounded very appreciative of Robinson's efforts.Read More"By the way, @smokeyrobinson can pronounce it any way he damn well...
    Even Smokey Robinson learns something new every day. The 80-year-old Motown legend was recently commissioned to send a holiday message to a former neighbor and mispronounced the word "Chanukah" in doing so. "Chanukah" is a more traditional spelling of the holiday Hanukkah. The two words are pronounced the same. The "Tracks of My Tears" singer was commissioned via video sharing site Cameo by an individual named Jeff and his brother to send a Hanukkah message to their mother, Margo, who grew up across the street from Robinson. SMOKEY ROBINSON TEAMS UP WITH INDUSTRY HEAVYWEIGHTS Jeff shared the video to Twitter on Sunday, which, he said: "takes a strange twist." The 80-year-old Motown legend was recently commissioned to send a holiday message to a former neighbor and mispronounced the word 'Chanukah' in doing so. (Photo by Leon Bennett/STA 2020/Getty Images for BET) "Hey Margo, how you doing? Surprise, surprise," said Robinson. "This is Smokey Robinson. I know you didn't expect to hear from me, but I was contacted by your sons ... they told me that you used to live in...
    Motown legend Smokey Robinson has gone viral — but not for his music. The 80-year-old singer recently recorded a nice Chanukah message for a woman who used to live on his street in Detroit. But he botched one of his lines, and the flub has taken Twitter by storm. It all started when Jeff Jacobson and his brother decided to get a video greeting from Robinson as a gift for their mom. The brothers used the Cameo app, which allows people to purchase short, personalized video shout-outs from celebrities.  "Hey Margo, how you doing? Surprise, surprise," Robinson says in the video for Jacobson's mom. He tells her he was contacted by her sons on Cameo to make the video for her. "They told me you used to live in Detroit across the street from me, and gosh, that's beautiful," he continues. in the spirit of 2020, I'm gonna need a do-over! Please DM me your mother's phone number so we can try this again— Smokey Robinson (@smokeyrobinson) December 15, 2020 "Nice talking to you again, I guess," Robinson laughs. "But...
    A magical moment: First COVID vaccinations raise hopes on historic day marked by another grim milestone Operation Baghdad Pups helps serviceman and dog reunite back in the US Smokey Robinsons heartfelt Happy Cha-NOO-Kah video to fan goes viral Jeff Jacobson, a talent agency owner in Vancouver, Canada, ordered his mother a Cameo video from Smokey Robinson as a Hanukkah present, but the video he received from the Motown legend took a "strange twist." For those who are unfamiliar, Cameo is a service that allows anyone to order personalized video greetings from celebrities. The "Cruisin'" singer charges $350 to create memorable shout outs on the site. "My mom grew up on the same street as Smokey Robinson in Detroit. So for Chanukah, I wanted to reunite them via @Cameo," Jacobson wrote on Twitter. "But the video takes a strange twist." My mom grew up on the same street as Smokey Robinson in Detroit. So for Chanukah, I wanted to reunite them via @Cameo. But the video takes a strange twist. pic.twitter.com/IZ3S9WusiJ— Jeff Jacobson (@jeffjacobson) December 13, 2020 Robinson, 80, seems...
    Motown singer Smokey Robinson hilariously mispronounced Chanukah, another spelling of Hanukkah, in a viral Cameo video. Robinson was paid to do a video wishing a woman a happy Chanukah by Jeff Jacobson, according to a tweet shared by Jacobson. “My mom grew up on the same street as Smokey Robinson in Detroit,” Twitter user Jacobson captioned the video he shared Sunday. “So for Chanukah, I wanted to reunite them via @Cameo. But the video takes a strange twist.” My mom grew up on the same street as Smokey Robinson in Detroit. So for Chanukah, I wanted to reunite them via @Cameo. But the video takes a strange twist. pic.twitter.com/IZ3S9WusiJ — Jeff Jacobson (@jeffjacobson) December 13, 2020 Robinson seemingly doesn’t realize he has mispronounced the holiday. He also doesn’t seem to know what the Jewish holiday even is in the video. He pronounced it “Chon-uke-ah.” (RELATED: Jennifer Lopez Gets Emotional For As She Defends Her Motown Tribute At The Grammy Awards) “They told me you used to live in Detroit across the street from me, that’s beautiful,” Robinson says in...
    Nurse gets first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in New York Smartmatic voting technology company sends legal notices to Fox News and other right-wing media outlets over disinformation campaign Smokey Robinson Says He Has No Idea What Hanukkah Is in Viral Cameo Clip Jeff Jacobson, a Twitter user based in Canada, wanted to treat his mother to a surprise for Chanukah. So, he arranged for music icon Smokey Robinson to wish his mom a Happy Chanukah via Cameo. The gift was supposed to serve as a sort of reunion, since, according to Jacobson, his mom grew up on the same Detroit street where Robinson lived. Except, the Cameo clip didn't go quite as planned, and now it's gone viral. © Presley Ann/Getty Images for SAINT Candles Smokey Robinson attends Ira and Bill DeWitt's Saint candle launch benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at MR CHOW on June 12, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. Love, Lights, Hanukkah! -Hallmark Countdown To Christmas 2020 preview Newsweek See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Nearly 30% of...
    Oy vey. Smokey Robinson completely bungled the pronunciation of “Chanukah” in a now-viral Cameo video. The Miracles frontman, 80, recorded a video for a woman who used to live across the street from Robinson which was then shared to Twitter by one of her sons. “They wanted me to wish you happy chanukah,” the singer said in the video, completely mispronouncing the Jewish holiday. “I have no idea what Chanukah is, but happy Chanukah because they said so.” The son, Jeff Jacobson, was amused by the musician’s flub. “My mom grew up on the same street as Smokey Robinson in Detroit. So for Chanukah, I wanted to reunite them via @Cameo. But the video takes a strange twist,” he wrote. Fans pointed out Robinson’s mistake may be due to the fact that the traditional American spelling of the holiday is Hanukkah and therefore he is excused. Others said that it was sweet that Robinson sent the message judgement free without even knowing what “Chanukah” was.
    SMOKEY Robinson attempted to wish a woman a "happy Hanukkah," but unfortunately things didn't go as planned thanks to a hilarious mispronunciation. The 80-year-old is known as Motown legend with various hits to his name. 7Smokey Robinson wished a woman a 'happy Hanukkah' via Cameo, however things didn't go very wellCredit: Twitter 7The legendary singer ended up flubbing the mispronunciation of Hanukkah as it was spelled 'Chanukah'Credit: Twitter It all kicked off when a man name Jeff Jacobson took to Twitter and wrote: "My mom grew up on the same street as Smokey Robinson in Detroit. "So for Chanukah, I wanted to reunite them via @Cameo. But the video takes a strange twist. Jeff then shared the clip as the entertainer starts off: "Hey Margo, how you doing? Surprise, surprise. This is Smokey Robinson." After Smokey tells Margo that he's been told she used to live across the street from him, he proceeds to wish her a "Happy Chanukah." Unfortunately, Smokey complete botches the pronunciation. 7'I have no idea what Chanukah is,' the entertainer said while laughingCredit: Twitter He...
    DUARTE (CBSLA) — City of Hope announced Monday that it is launching a “high-end weekly virtual auction series” in partnership with online charity auction platform Charitybuzz. Beginning Monday, a curated theme will be featured each week showcasing music-related items, memorabilia and unique experiences from across the entertainment world. Smokey Robinson, Rita Wilson, Hunter Hayes, Jesse McCartney, Bastille, Oak Felder, TikTok stars Charli and Dixie D’Amelio, and many more have contributed items to be sold include. The 2020 Online Auction Series “will offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences and incredible luxury packages to its community of hundreds of thousands of high-net-worth bidders globally while also raising funds for charitable causes,” the research and treatment center said in a statement. “Featured weekly themes will include celebrated creators, hitmakers, indie legends and icons and new items will appear every Monday until Sept. 21.” All proceeds will go toward City of Hope’s research mission to cure and, ultimately, prevent cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. The platform can be reached at Charitybuzz.com/cityofhope. (© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to...
    A guide to Sonos, the wireless speaker system that lets you control music in every room of your house at once Kendrick Bourne believes Brandon Aiyuk helps 49ers return to Super Bowl Audible and Gunpowder & Sky to Produce Series on Influential Musicians © TheWrap Smokey Robinson Production company Gunpowder & Sky and Audible signed a deal Wednesday that will entitle the two to produce several audio projects based on the life and work of notable musicians including Smokey Robinson and Alanis Morissette. Audible recruited Gunpowder & Sky to help it produce its "Words and Music" series, in which artists describe their personal journeys to stardom through their music and lyrics. A feature on Annie Clark, better known as musician St. Vincent, will be the first interview Gunpowder & Sky and Audible produce for the series. "Life is strange and full of uncertainty, right now, but music is a constant. Music transcends the chaos," Clark said in a statement Wednesday. "It's always been there for me when I've needed it–whether in times of fear, heartbreak, anger, joy. So I'm...
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