Smokey Robinson sings with Elton John and James Taylor and other well-known singers on the duets album, Smokey & Friends, due for release this September.
Robinson had hits in a variety of guises - as a member of the Miracles, as a solo artist, and as the writer of classic pop tunes for other acts, including Marvin Gaye and the Temptations.
On the album which will be released by Verve records, Elton John joins Smokey on The Tracks of My Tears, which was a major chart hit in 1965. Elton John calls it "the greatest pop song ever written."
He praises the song for being "so great and direct; so simple and heartfelt. I think Bob Dylan described him as America’s greatest poet. He [Robinson] says things in five words that people take a whole page to say."
Robinson is thrilled with Elton John's tribute. "Elton's comments about Tracks of My Tears is a huge compliment. My dream and my aim as a songwriter is fulfilled with statements like that, especially by someone like Elton who is a great songwriter himself."