Smokey Robinson: “I knew The Beatles when they were playing Liverpool clubs”

Smokey Robinson sheds light on his friendship with the early Beatles in the new issue of Uncut, out now.

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Smokey Robinson sheds light on his friendship with the early Beatles in the new issue of Uncut, out now.

The Motown singer and songwriter first saw the band when they were performing in Liverpool clubs.

“I met The Beatles before they were, you know, The Beatles, before they’d broken America,” says Robinson. “They were playing in a club in Liverpool when the Miracles and I were here in the UK, doing a few dates and PR stuff.

“They were already performing a version of my song, and John was asking me about this Miracles song and that Miracles song. I was very flattered he knew so much about my music. They were all lovely people, and all became my friends.”

Robinson answers questions from fans and famous admirers in the new issue, discussing Motown, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, songwriting and Marvin Gaye’s “lousy” golfing abilities.

The new issue of Uncut, dated February 2014, is out now.


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