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The genius of William "Smokey" Robinson is immeasurable. As many of his prior songs had shaped R&B and pop music, this album would have a similar effect. The title track became the namesake for a music format. The album itself had three singles hit the charts. Arranged in an intermittent rhythm, "Baby That's Backatcha" ran up the Billboard R&B charts to number one inside 16 weeks. It was Robinson's first number one single since leaving the Miracles. The lyric of the ballad "The Agony and the Ecstasy" hit the Top Ten at number seven, and it was followed by the masterpiece "A Quiet Storm." Although it only managed to seal the Top 25, it has since made a greater impact on the music charts and music industry. Briefly, radio mogul Cathy Hughes, owner of Radio One, was the general manager at Howard University radio WHUR during the early '70s when she created the format "the quiet storm." She used Smokey Robinson's composition as the theme song. Before long, it caught on around the country and evolved into a new market. This album also features the "Wedding Song" which was written for Hazel and Jermaine Jackson's wedding and the "Happy" theme from the movie Lady Sings the Blues.
Performance CreditsSmokey Robinson Primary Artist,Vocals
Melba Bradford Background Vocals
Joseph A. Brown Percussion,Drums
Carmen Bryant Background Vocals
Gary Coleman Percussion
Shawn Furlong Sopranino
Terry Furlong Sopranino
Michael Jacobsen Cello
Gene Pello Drums
James Aliba Sledge Bongos,Conga,Background Vocals
Fred Smith Horn,Woodwind
Russ Turner Keyboards,Background Vocals
Marvin Tarplin Guitar
Technical CreditsSmokey Robinson Arranger,Producer
Shawn Furlong Sound Effects,Special Effects
Terry Furlong Sound Effects,Special Effects
Jerry Hudgins Engineer
Willie Hutch Producer
Russ Terrana Engineer
Russ Turner Arranger
Greg Venable Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am happy to replace one of my favorite lost Albums (Katrina).
It was a pleasure to see the original cover from the LP on the CD.