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How Smokey Robinson Got His Cool Nickname

How Smokey Robinson Got His Nickname

Smokey Robinson has one of the best names in music — but it turns out it's not his real name! In this video, we're looking at the story behind how the singer (real name William Robinson Jr.) got the nickname "Smokey." The artist himself has cleared up the truth about it, refuting the rumour that it's because he's a light-skinned Black man. Watch to learn more.

Smokey Robinson may be inseparable from his amazing name, but the legendary singer was actually born William Robinson Jr. in 1940. However, he has been going by the nickname "Smokey" since the 1950s.

How Smokey Robinson Got His Nickname

Over the years, there's been some uncertainty on the story of how Robinson got his trademark nickname. The Miracles vocalist has spoken out himself, revealing the true story and it's connection to the movies.

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How Smokey Robinson Got His Cool Nickname

Watch the video above to learn how Smokey Robinson got his nickname!