Smokey Robinson “Cruisin” Into Rodney Strong Summer Concert Series Presented by Montgomery Village on July 23

HEALDSBURG, CA (June 23, 2016) Legendary Smokey Robinson, an icon in American rhythm & blues history, takes the Rodney Strong Summer Concert Series stage on July 23.

Presented by Montgomery Village, the series includes five summer-time concerts, award-winning wines and local food purveyors at the scenic Concert Green & Terrace setting at Rodney Strong Vineyards.

During the course of his 50-year career in music, Robinson has more than 4,000 songs to his credit and continues to thrill sold-out audiences with his high tenor voice, impeccable timing, and profound sense of lyric. Bob Dylan pronounced him as America’s “greatest living poet.”

Born and raised in Detroit, Robinson founded The Miracles while in high school. The group was Berry Gordy’s first vocal group, and it was at Robinson’s suggestion that Gordy started the Motown Records dynasty.

The Miracles dominated the R&B scene throughout the 1960s and early 70s, and Robinson became vice president of Motown Records serving as in-house producer, talent scout and songwriter. In addition to writing hits for The Miracles, he wrote and produced hits for other Motown greats.

He later turned to a solo career where he continued his tradition of hit making, earning numerous accolades such as the Grammy Living Legend Award and induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

In celebration of Robinson’s upcoming performance, here’s a list of the Rodney Strong Summer Concert Series event producer’s favorite songs.

Top 10 All-Time Greatest Songs

“Cruisin” (1979)
“The Tears of a Clown” (1967)
“Ooo Baby Baby” (1965)
“I Second That Emotion” (1967)
“Being With You” (1981)
“One Heart Beat” (1987)
“You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me” (1962)
“The Tracks of My Tears” (1965)
“Just to See Her” (1987)
“Mickey’s Monkey” (1963)

In addition to Robinson, more upcoming concerts in the series include Dave Koz and David Sanborn Side By Side on August 13; Huey Lewis and The News on August 21; and The B-52s on September 17.

Surrounded by acres of beautiful vineyards, guests will be treated to intimate, unforgettable concert experiences. Rodney Strong wines, non-alcoholic beverages and an array of delectable fare will be available. Gates open at 4 p.m. Concerts begin at 5 p.m.

Tickets are available online at, 1-800-514-3849 by phone, or in person at the Rodney Strong Tasting Room from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily.

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