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Post  My Fairy King on Tue Aug 06, 2013 6:59 am

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Voice Type: RT (Robinson Tenor)
Vocal Range: C3-G5

High Notes:
G5 ("My Baby Changes Like The Weather", "Ooh Baby Baby", "Going To A Go-Go")
E5 ("Cruisin'", "The Tracks Of My Tears", "Ooh Baby Baby")
E♭5 ("Beauty Is Only Skin Deep", "Let Me Have Some", "All That's Good", "Whole Lotta Shaking Going On My Heart", "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me")
D5 ("All That's Good", "In Case You Need Love", "My Girl Has Come", "Whole Lotta Shaking Going On My Heart", "Here I Go Again", "(Come Round Here) You're The One I Need", "Can You Love A Poor Boy")
C5 ("Going To A Go-Go", "Ooh Baby Baby", "In Case You Need Love", "Choosey Beggar", "All That's Good", "My Baby Changes Like The Weather", "A Fork In The Road", "Save Me", "Can You Love A Poor Boy")
B4 ("A Fork In The Road", "Cruisin'", "Let Me Have Some", "Choosey Beggar", "My Girl Has Come", "Ooh Baby Baby", "The Tracks Of My Tears", "Whole Lotta Shaking Going On My Heart", "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me")
A4 ("Ooh Baby Baby")
G4 ("From Head To Toe", "Since You Won My Heart", "Going To A Go-Go")

Low Notes:
E3 ("Cruisin'")
D3 ("Interview" on American Bandstand 1981)
C3 ("One Time")

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*Orange marks notes with questionable registers: absolutely no use figuring out these.
*Blue marks probable non-modal notes.
*Red marks extremely bad, unimpressive or unintentional notes.
*Italics mark non-sung notes.


Smokey Robinson was the Lead Singer of the popular sixties Motown band/group "The Miracles" and also a solo artist, realeasing his solo album titled "Smokey" in 1973. As regards his voice, He has a very soft/warm/angelic instrument which seems to have come directly from Heaven and being a High Tenor He's able to hit notes around A4-D5 area with an extreme nimbleness/facility and He also hit them in a very seamless way... He constantly sings using Falsetto/Head Voice/Mixed-Voice register.


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Re: Smokey Robinson

Post  Michael Bolton on Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:05 am

Now find some lows, you wrench!!!
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Post  My Fairy King on Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:08 am

I've just listened his first album with "The Miracles" but no Low Notes there, Pal!
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Post  Guest on Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:36 am

Then don't start the thread. Razz
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Post  My Fairy King on Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:39 am

There's a D3...
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Post  Buh-Red on Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:42 am

why dont you just black all his highs. They sound consistent enough anyway

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Post  My Fairy King on Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:49 am

Apart from the rather difficult "Notes categorization" as regards Smokey Robinson's High, there are falsettos up there and not his usual Head/Mixed voice...
Does this G5 sound black for example? At 2:38, that's falsetto
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Post  I Don't Know Lost Brother on Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:50 am

I Don't Know wrote:Apart from the rather difficult "Notes categorization" as regards Smokey Robinson's High, there are falsettos up there and not his usual Head/Mixed voice...
Does this G5 sound black for example? At 2:38, that's falsetto

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Post  Buh-Red on Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:52 am

I Don't Know wrote:Apart from the rather difficult "Notes categorization" as regards Smokey Robinson's High, there are falsettos up there and not his usual Head/Mixed voice...
Does this G5 sound black for example? At 2:38, that's falsetto

its blended to the rest of his range. so yes

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Post  My Fairy King on Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:20 am

While Re-Listening to Them:
Fuller-sounding notes than Falsetto...
More Resonant/Solid/Not Breathy notes than/like Falsetto...
Black "Head Voice" Notes...
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Post  Buh-Red on Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:21 am

"He constantly sings using Falsetto/Head Voice/Mixed-Voice register."

why do you need this in the OP?

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Post  My Fairy King on Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:31 am

Very Few Singers Sing Like Him...
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Post  Buh-Red on Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:32 am

that didn't answer my question

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Post  My Fairy King on Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:34 am

Just Avoid That! The first aim is to show his vocal range, If I want to say something about him or his voice in my Thread, I'm free to do it...
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Post  Young Heroins on Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:35 am

I am not one to debate voice types but I must say that I do not think Smokey fits the high tenor category.. I'd say just call him a tenor and that's it.
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Post  Michael Bolton on Tue Aug 06, 2013 2:51 pm

The Great Heroins wrote:I am not one to debate voice types but I must say that I do not think Smokey fits the high tenor category..  I'd say just call him a tenor and that's it.  

Agreed. 'Tenor' perfectly describes his sound as a whole.
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Post  Young Heroins on Tue Aug 06, 2013 3:30 pm

Yea, smokey's voice is so high and light because that's just how he trained himself to sing. A high tenor would be someone like Michael Jackson who's voice is almost child like because the physical vocal chord's is just set up that way. I've heard smokey do some lower singing where he had an almost baritone like quality to his voice. I can see your confusion though because his voice truly is very soft.
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Post  Michael Bolton on Tue Aug 06, 2013 4:04 pm

Link the lower singing!
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Post  Young Heroins on Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:47 am



His voice is obviously much weaker now since he is in his 70s...  but you can clearly hear that he is no high tenor here haha.


edit:  Not exactly baritone singing but I know as a baritone myself I could sing much, much lighter than that.. if he was a high tenor I doubt I could still say the same no matter how aged his voice was.
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Post  Celice on Wed Aug 07, 2013 7:59 am

He still sounds very tenorish. Gets down to F3 there, which probably counts as a low note for him.
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Post  Young Heroins on Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:13 am

Yes I agree, but he definitely doesn't sound like a high tenor is the point I am trying to make.  He sounds like a low tenor to me nowadays.  (As expected for a voice aged so much)

Also, F3 isn't really that low even for a tenor. However, if there is trouble finding other lows for him than I guess we could start counting at F3.
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Post  Holsety on Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:17 am

Considering who the OP is, I doubt you'll make any progress with this argument.
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Post  Young Heroins on Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:20 am

Lol, worst case scenario is the range place calls smokey a high tenor. No skin off my back, he is a tenor who sings high. Not the proper term for his voice type, but it really makes no difference to me. If he wants to make the thread right then he can do it right. If he wants it to be incorrect than that is also his choice.
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Post  Holsety on Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:22 am

Taking out the words preceding the type itself seems to make everyone happy. I didn't realize this prior to today. Again, I don't see IDK out of all people doing that.
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Post  Moreno on Sun Aug 11, 2013 3:30 am

I always thought he was just Tenor, he kind of has a lighter Sam Cooke-y sound doesn't he?

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