Birth Name: William Robinson, Jr.
Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Date of Birth: February 19, 1940
Ethnicity: African-American, as well as evidently 1/8th French
Smokey Robinson is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and former record executive.
Smokey is the son of Flossie (Smith) and William Robinson, Sr. A maternal great-grandmother of his was said to have been of French descent.
A picture of young Smokey with his parents can be seen here.
Smokey’s paternal grandparents were Albert Robinson and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Lanxter. Albert and Elizabeth were born in Alabmaa.
Smokey’s maternal grandparents were The Rev. Benjamin J. Smith and Ella Mae Rivers Warr (the daughter of Adam Warr and Sarah Mike). The Rev. Benjamin and Ella were born in Tennessee. Adam was the son of Harriet Warr.
Sources: Genealogy of Smokey Robinson – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Smokey Robinson (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.wikitree.com
Obituary of Smokey’s mother – http://www.findagrave.com
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