Legendary artist, songwriter, producer Smokey Robinson is bringing something special to new and old fans this summer with the upcoming release of his new duets album Smokey & Friends, due August 19 via Verve Records.
The LP includes a roster of contemporary and classic artists who revisit the best loved songs from Robinson’s unmatched catalog of hits, including those he has written for his solo career, his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group, The Miracles, as well as hits he wrote for others, including Marvin Gaye and The Temptations.
On the Randy Jackson-produced set, Robinson is joined by old friends like James Taylor, Sir Elton John, Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow, and Mary J. Blige, as well as with some of today’s hottest artists including John Legend, John Mayer, Miguel, Aloe Blacc, CeeLo, Ledisi and Jessie J.
CeeLo Green has joined with Smokey for a duet of the mega hit single “The Way You Do (The Things You Do),” originally sung by The Temptations, and released as a single in 1964.
The contemporized duet offers a fresh take on the classic song, which Smokey co-wrote with his Miracles band member Bobby Rogers. CeeLo and Smokey trade lines and harmonize together over the revamped production which includes organ and electric guitar.
Take a listen below!
What do you think?