2020 was a challenging year. But, unfortunately, it was exceptionally hard for music icon Smokey Robinson.
Motown Legend Smokey Robinson shares that he contracted COVID-19 and nearly died from the virus at 81 years old. He feared that he would never sing again.
Robinson spilled that last December, he spent 11 days in a Los Angeles hospital after contracting COVID-19, and he felt so weak, he thought that he was going to die. However, it wasn’t until he realized that he learned how bad his case was.
Last Saturday, the music icon stood in front of the Power of Love Gala, where he was honored. He says, “I am a Covid survivor. I was hospitalized for 11 days. Four of five of those, I do not even remember. Even when I got home, I was hoarse, I could not try to sing because I was afraid. It was one of the most frightening fights.”
Doctors accredited Robinson’s survival due to the nature of his fitness regime. Because of his age, his chances are on the lower end, but he could beat the odds due to the singer’s high energy and workout routines. Robinson continues,”They told me that it was lucky for me especially at my age that I’d taken care of myself; but for the grace of God and that fact I probably would not be here talking right now.”
The singer came down with Covid right after he came off the road before Christmas of 2020. His test was negative at first, but then tested positive on his second test. He moved into his guest home to avoid giving his wife the virus, but his breathing became labored 48 hours later. He was rushed to the hospital. Today, Robinson is still on the road to recovery.
Smokey Robinson’s Journey
The Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters’ Hall of Fame member’s career has spanned over four decades. During his high school career, Robinson founded The Miracles who ended up dominating the 1960s and 1970s with songs “The Tracks of My Tears,” “Tears of a Clown,” written with Stevie Wonder, and “More Love.” Robinson became VP of Motown Records in the early 70s and is responsible for writing countless songs for other Motown artists Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, and more. Even John Lennon recognized Robinson as one of his most significant influences.
Since then, America’s “greatest living poet,” penned by Bob Dylan, has gone to receive the Grammy Living Legend Award, Kennedy Center Honors, and the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States. He also has the NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award and Honorary Doctorate from Howard University. Just 4,000 songs and counting, music legend Robinson is still going strong today.