SMOKEY ROBINSON Discusses “The Tracks of My Tears” on “Paul Shaffer Plus One” this Sunday Night on AXS TV!

SMOKEY ROBINSON Discusses “The Tracks of My Tears” on “Paul Shaffer Plus One” this Sunday Night on AXS TV!

Smokey Robinson, the GRAMMY-winning Motown superstar whose smooth sounds and chart-topping tunes helped shape Motor City’s vibrant music scene, sits down with Paul Shaffer in an all-new episode of the AXS TV original series Paul Shaffer Plus One—airing Sunday, November 3 at 8pE/5pP.

In this exclusive first look, Robinson takes viewers through the creative process behind one of his most enduring hits, “The Tracks Of My Tears,” which had originally started as a riff birthed by his guitarist Marv Tarplin. “I took that and I listened to it over and over and over again,” Robinson says. “Finally, I came up with the first three lines of the chorus: ‘Take a good look at my face, you’ll see my smile looks out of place, if you look close it’s easy to trace that you’re gone and I’m not’… I worked with 30 of those.” Inspiration finally struck one morning, while Robinson was shaving. He continues, “I’m looking at my face and I’m saying to myself, ‘What if a person had cried so much until their tears left tracks in their face?’ And I said, ‘That’s it!’ And that became ‘Tracks Of My Tears.’” Watch it here.

Paul Shaffer Plus One airs every Sunday at 8pE/5pP, only on AXS TV. The original series brings Shaffer’s popular radio show to TV as he sits down with an all-star roster of music icons to discuss their legendary legacies and jam on their most enduring hits.

Next week, multi-talented comedy icon Martin Short joins Shaffer in studio on November 10.

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