SMOKEY ROBINSON "BEING WITH YOU" (1981)
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
"Being With You" by Smokey Robinson is one of those songs that, for some reason, I ignored back in the 80s, but I now really appreciate.
Best known for his association with Motown, the American singer/songwriter, producer and former member of The Miracles, spent two weeks at #1 in the UK with the single during June 1981. The title track from the album also reached #2 in the U.S. Ireland and France, and #1 on the U.S. R&B charts and also spent five weeks at the top of the Hot Soul singles chart. "Being With You" was Smokey Robinson's highest-charting solo hit
In the lyrics, Smokey sings about his total devotion to his lover, especially in the line "I don't care about anything else but being with you, being with you". In the opening lyric "I don't care what they think about me and I don't care what they say, he makes the message very clear about his devotion.
Smokey's last hit was in 1989 as a guest with The Four Tops on the single Indestructible which peaked at #30 in the UK and #35 in the U.S.
This is Smokey Robinson in 2018.