May 27, 2020

Motown’s Smokey Robinson: ‘I Was a Walking Corpse’

It was only after his Motown career was established that Smokey Robinson began experimenting with drugs, according to an interview on Orpah's Life Class. However, the effects of addiction were still startling. 

“Drugs do not discriminate,” he said. “They don't care who you are or what you're doing or what your status in life is or where you live – none of that. When you open yourself up to them, they're going to come in. So if you do that, then you're going to suffer the consequences of what goes along with it.”

Robinson said that for two and a half years he spent most of his time high on cocaine. 

“I was a walking corpse,” he said. However, he didn't realize how far he had fallen until a friend, Leon Kennedy, intervened. Initially Robinson resisted changing his habits, but ultimately he realized the time was right. 

“I was done with me anyway,” he said. “I could not stand me at that point.”



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