This is American Routes, our program about Detroit, the Motor City, Motown, and here's where the rubber meets the road from recording studio to assembly line for Smokey Robinson. Smokey is one of the enduring figures of American music and a lover of the Motor City. Born William Robinson in 1940, he came out singing from a tough Detroit neighborhood and went on to become a songwriter and producer for Motown Records. Smokey's sweet songs and falsetto voice helped define the sound. "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," "Tears of a Clown," "Ooh Baby Baby" were among his many hits. He wrote "Get Ready," "My Girl," and "My Guy" for others: the Temptations, Mary Wells, the Marvelettes, the list goes on. Let's hear from Smokey about where it started.