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"Special Occasion" is a 1968 hit single recorded by Motown Records R&B group Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, issued by its Tamla Records subsidiary and taken from the album of the same name. It was a Billboard
Top 30 Pop hit, peaking at #26,and a Top 10 R&B hit as well,
peaking at #4 It was written and composed by Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson and Motown staff songwriter Al Cleveland,the authors of the group's Top 10 million-selling smash, I Second That Emotion the previous year. A joyous up-tempo tune with a calypso
influence, Smokey, as the song's narrator, celebrates the happiness of
being in love with his new girl, comparing it with other "special
occasions" one has in life, such as dressing up for a night on the town
("like when you dress up in your tie and tails"),graduation ("like when
in school, you get your cap and gown"), or giving a "salute" to
something special ("something that calls for a toast of champagne").
Miracle Marv Tarplin's
outstanding guitar work is evident throughout,while the other Miracles,
Bobby, Ronnie, Pete and Claudette,punctuate the song's melodies with
their tight harmonies on the chorus and elsewhere.
"Special Occasion" has inspired a cover version by Jazz/R&B singer Jim Gilstrap. Its flip side, "Give Her Up", like many Miracles' "B" sides, was also a popular regional hit.
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THE MIRACLES' 1976 hit "Love Machine" was a # 1 smash hit on the Billboard Hot 100, that sold over 4.5 MILLION RECORDS !!The year before that , they had another million-selling hit with "DO IT BABY'.You would think that , after this phenomenal success, WITHOUT SMOKEY, They should have gotten more respect, and promotion, from Motown...RIGHT ? WRONG . Their NEXT single from the Platinum-Selling "CITY OF ANGELS" album, "NIGHT LIFE" got no higher than # 60 R&B, and missed the Pop charts COMPLETELY. WHY ? NO WAY that should have happened to The Miracles immediately after following up a #1 Smash Hit Single...unless something was seriously WRONG at the CORPORATE LEVEL!!
This INCREDIBLE LIVE CLIP proved just what a MISTAKE Motown made by not promoting the MIRACLES after Smokey left !!!Many Thanks to VENUS CLAIRE !! BOBBY ROGERS, PETE MOORE, RONNIE WHITE, and BILLY GRIFFIN
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The Smokey Robinson Show was a 1970 musical variety special starring Smokey Robinson & The Miracles It aired on ABC on December 18, 1970, and featured guest stars The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, and Las Vegas singer/performer and actress Fran Jeffries. The program was sponsored by Faberge and was produced by Screen Gems. The director was Kip Walton.
Originally intended to be Smokey's sendoff into a solo career, the massive success of The Miracles' 1970 # 1 smash hit, "The Tears of a Clown"
delayed his departure for another 2 years (strangely, that song was not
sung on the special). Filmed at the height of success of Motown
Records, this special was essentially a launching pad for Smokey's solo
career and to prepare the public for his upcoming departure from the
legendary Miracles - the very first of the Motown groups. The Miracles,
however, were not at full strength, at the time of taping: Miracle Pete Moore
was absent from the special, having been sidelined by a leg injury
shortly before filming, and Claudette (Mrs. Smokey) Robinson, another
original Miracle, did not appear on the special. Miracle Marv Tarplin was present, but did not appear on camera. Thus, the only Miracles present were Smokey, Ronnie White, and Bobby Rogers, who began the show with their 1963 Top 10 smash hit "Mickey's Monkey" at the show's intro, and followed up with a medley of 3 of their greatest hits, "More Love", "If You Can Want", and "I Second That Emotion".
This hit-filled special featured the following performances:
Though it was not known or considered by many in the general public
at the time, this special actually marked the end of Motown's first
Golden Era...with several members of their most successful groups having either left those units, or were about to leave:
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