Autumn de Wilde/Verve RecordsRock and Roll Hall of Famers, rising young stars and, it seems, everyone in between have all jumped at the chance to be included on Smokey & Friends, a new star-studded duet album from Motown legend Smokey Robinson that’s in stores today.
The guest list on the album is a who’s who of musicians from both yesterday and today: it includes Elton John, James Taylor, Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige, John Mayer, Aloe Blacc, Cee Lo Green, John Legend, Jessie J and more. Each of them duets with Smokey either on a hit he wrote and performed himself, or a hit he wrote for another artist. Some of the artists have been friendly with Smokey for years, while others have never met the singer, but the whole project was brought together by former American Idol judge Randy Jackson.
“They called Randy to be the producer of this record. Randy, in turn, called a bunch of artists and asked them to pick their favorite Smokey Robinson song,” Smokey tells ABC News Radio, explaining how the album was put together. “Didn’t necessarily have to be one that …read more