R&B Sunday: Smokie Robinson – “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?”

Today, I will show love to a man that chiseled at his legacy with damaging remarks and music for the last few years. I don’t know about tomorrow, Kanye, you might say something against Black people, poor people, Planned Parenthood, or just something stupid about slavery again, but that is not my focus. Today is the 10 year anniversary of the release of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and I will show my appreciation for that masterpiece by highlighting the sample behind one of my favorites from his redemption project.

“Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” by Smokey Robinson was the centerpiece of the B!nk-produced “Devil In A New Dress.” Originally, the song was recorded in 1960 by the girl group, The Shirelles. The song went on to make history by becoming the first number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart by an all-Black female group. For the next 13 years, their hit would be rerecorded and covered by several artists including, Cher, Ben E. King, The Four Seasons, Roberta Flack, and by a new solo artist on his debut album. Following a departure from his group, The Miracles, Smokey Robinson, released, Smokey. Enjoy track 6 from that album and reflect on where you were 10 years ago when Kanye earned his way back in the public’s favor. Whether I’ll love him tomorrow is a different dark and twisted fantasy.

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