Smokey Robinson wrote "Shop Around," "Way Over There," "Cruisin'," "Tracks of My Tears" and "You've Really Got A Hold on Me." Credited with writing over 1,000 songs, Robinson wrote almost all of the songs for his band, The Miracles, and many other Motown artists.
Smokey Robinson wrote the iconic "My Guy with Ronnie White" for Mary Wells. He also wrote "The Way You Do the Things You Do" for the Temptations, "I'll Be Doggone" for Marvin Gaye and "The Hunter Gets Captured" by the Game for The Marvelettes.
Smokey Robinson wrote his first song in first grade for a school production. He was an original member of the Miracles along with Bobby Rogers, Ronnie White, Pete Moore and Claudette Rogers who would later become his wife. Berry Gordy Jr., founder of Mowtown, first signed the Miracles. "Way Over There," written by Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy, was the Miracles first major hit. The success of "Way Over There" was followed by Shop Around, also written by Robinson and Gordy, which sold over a million copies and was number one across national charts.
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles created many songs over the years, most of which Smokey Robinson wrote and many of which ended up on Billboard's Top 10. In 1971, Smokey Robinson went solo after recording a final album with The Miracles entitled "Flying High Together."