“The Beatles were a very unique group, as we all know,” Smokey Robinson tells Hazy Rock.
“I had the pleasure of meeting the Beatles, you know. And George, I had the pleasure of spending more time with him than any of the other guys. I just met the other guys briefly. George, for a time, was living in Los Angeles, and I had the pleasure of being in his company a few times. We got to know each other kind of well.”
“Pure Smokey” was the centerpiece of side two on Harrison’s Thirty Three and 1/3, released 38 years ago this past November.
“Ooh Baby (You Know That I Love You),” from 1975’s Extra Texture, also traced back to Smokey Robinson’s influence. “That was a wonderful, flattering thing for him to feel like that, and to write about it,” Robinson adds, “so that the world could know that he felt like that. It was wonderful to me, and I’m very flattered by that.”