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Music – 1983 – Smokey Robinson + Linda Ronstadt In Concert – Ooo Baby Baby & Tracks Of My Tears

“Ooo Baby Baby” is a song written by Smokey Robinson and Pete Moore….which is a classic 1965 hit single by The Miracles for the Tamla (Motown) label.  The song achieved its greatest commercial success when Linda Ronstadt covered it in 1978….when it reached # 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song has inspired numerous other cover versions by other artists over the years….including covers by Ella Fitzgerald, Todd Rundgren, the Five Stairsteps….along with many others.

The Tracks of My Tears is a song written by Smokey Robinson, Pete Moore and Marv Tarplin…..which is a multiple award-winning 1965 hit R&B song originally recorded by their group, The Miracles, on Motown’s Tamla label. In 1967.  Johnny Rivers covered the song and his version was a # 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100….and Linda Ronstadt recorded a hit cover of her own in 1975…. that reached # 25 on the Hot 100 chart. 

The Miracles’ recording of “The Tracks of My Tears” ranked at # 50 on Rolling Stone’s The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2004….as the track was also a 2007 inductee into the Grammy Hall of Fame. On May 14, 2008, the track was preserved by the United States Library of Congress as an “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significance” to the National Recording Registry…..as well as being awarded “The Award Of Merit” from The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).  Ranked by the RIAA and the National Endowment for the Arts at # 127 in its list of the Songs of the Century….the 365 Greatest Songs of the 20th Century….and was also chosen as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll….and additionally the song ranked at # 5 of the “Top 10 Best Songs of All Time” by a panel of 20 top industry songwriters and producers including Hal David, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Jerry Leiber and others as reported to Britain’s Mojo music magazine…. and Rolling Stone Magazine chose it as # 50 in its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.  

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