Today’s pick is from Smokey’s first solo album for Motown, Smokey, which was released in June 1973. Smokey was co-produced by Willie Hutch who, together with Dave Blumberg and Gene Page, was also responsible for musical arrangements.
The album introduces the new, post Miracles Smokey Robinson, who immerses himself into the 70’s.
Holly, tells the tragic story of a teenage runaway, which in itself is nothing special. What makes this song interesting, however, is the odd combination of Smokey’s dreamy, soft falsetto and the harsh reality the song portrays.