A Quiet Storm

A Quiet Storm

by Smokey Robinson


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The genius of William "Smokey" Robinson is immeasurable. As many of his prior songs had shaped R&B and pop music, this album would have a similar effect. The title track became the namesake for a music format. The album itself had three singles hit the charts. Arranged in an intermittent rhythm, "Baby That's Backatcha" ran up the Billboard R&B charts to number one inside 16 weeks. It was Robinson's first number one single since leaving the Miracles. The lyric of the ballad "The Agony and the Ecstasy" hit the Top Ten at number seven, and it was followed by the masterpiece "A Quiet Storm." Although it only managed to seal the Top 25, it has since made a greater impact on the music charts and music industry. Briefly, radio mogul Cathy Hughes, owner of Radio One, was the general manager at Howard University radio WHUR during the early '70s when she created the format "the quiet storm." She used Smokey Robinson's composition as the theme song. Before long, it caught on around the country and evolved into a new market. This album also features the "Wedding Song" which was written for Hazel and Jermaine Jackson's wedding and the "Happy" theme from the movie Lady Sings the Blues.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/16/1991
Label: Motown
UPC: 0737463519724
catalogNumber: 5197
Rank: 27838

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Smokey Robinson   Primary Artist,Vocals
Melba Bradford   Background Vocals
Joseph A. Brown   Percussion,Drums
Carmen Bryant   Background Vocals
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Shawn Furlong   Sopranino
Terry Furlong   Sopranino
Michael Jacobsen   Cello
Gene Pello   Drums
James Aliba Sledge   Bongos,Conga,Background Vocals
Fred Smith   Horn,Woodwind
Russ Turner   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Marvin Tarplin   Guitar

Technical Credits

Smokey Robinson   Arranger,Producer
Shawn Furlong   Sound Effects,Special Effects
Terry Furlong   Sound Effects,Special Effects
Jerry Hudgins   Engineer
Willie Hutch   Producer
Russ Terrana   Engineer
Russ Turner   Arranger
Greg Venable   Engineer

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A Quiet Storm 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Smokeyone More than 1 year ago
I am happy to replace one of my favorite lost Albums (Katrina).
It was a pleasure to see the original cover from the LP on the CD.