Smokey Robinson Named Recipient of 2011 Ella Award
Thu, 11 Aug 2011 12:06:01
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Congrats to "Tracks of My Tears" singer Smokey Robinson, as he has been named the 2011 recipient of the Ella Award by America's Society of Songwriters!
Robinson admits the honor excites him more than many accolades he has received because it also honors the woman he calls "mom": Ella Fitzgerald.
Robinson acknowledged that "she was just such a wonderful lady. I loved her so much, and she was always so sweet to me."
He is the 20th recipient of this prize, which recognizes entertainers for their "significant achievements in music and for their dedicated efforts to benefit the community and worldwide humanitarian causes."
Robinson also said, "Ella Fitzgerald was one of the first people that I ever heard in my life, as a baby growing up in Detroit. had two older sisters and my mom, and they were always playing music and of course Ella Fitzgerald was one they were playing all the time."
He continued, "When I got the chance to meet her, man, I was so honored and flabbergasted. And she was so sweet. She acted like she had known me all of my life." We love how he is making the award more about the person that it is named after than himself.
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