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 Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet. 1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.