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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

But don't let my glad expression give you the wrong impression

Happy birthday to Smokey Robinson, born in Detroit on this day, February 19th, in 1940. Tonight, let's listen to him and the Miracles hit "Tears Of A Clown."

The song originally appeared on the group's 1967 album Make It Happen but did not become a huge hit until 1970 when Motown released it as a single in the UK. The chart success of the song there prompted the label to then release it in the USA, where it became #1 hit on both the pop and R&B charts that year.

Dave Wakeling of the (English) Beat was also born on this day in 1957. In 1979, his band reached number 6 on the UK pop charts with a cover of the song.

What are you listening to tonight?

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