“Retirement doesn’t work for me” – Smokey Robinson quotes in a recent article in the Toronto Star, August 8th , 2022.
At the age of 82, this Motown legend’s career is surging. He most recently performed at Koerner Hall in Toronto and you ask yourself, what is the connection with Little Caesar and the Consuls (since 1956).
Smokey Robinson’s hit “You Really Got a Hold on Me” was recorded by Little Caesar and the Consuls on Mala 518 and Red Leaf 613 labels and released in 1965. On the flip side of these two vinyl’s was a recording of Buddy Holly’s tune “It’s So Easy”.
Major recording success during the 1960’s landed Caesar several Canadian hits as we all know with “My Girl Sloopy”, “If I Found a New Girl” and of course the signature hit from Smokey Robinson “You Really Got a Hold on Me” all of which opened up many doors for the band.
During the Toronto Star’s phone interview with Smokey Robinson from his Los Angeles home the interviewer asks “How long do you see yourself continuing to tour and record?” Smokey concludes the interview by saying “I’m going to be the George Burns of this, baby. Retirement doesn’t work for me”.
I’m sure many of you will remember the Balmy Beach Club in Toronto (founded in 1903), one of Ontario’s summer dance pavilions. The Balmy Beachers as they were known had their own style of dancing – the Balmy Beach Style.
It was on a balmy Friday night in July when I stepped into this historic dance pavilion to play on the upper deck overlooking the sandy beach below and beautiful Lake Ontario.
For me the evening was an historic moment. And yes, they still dance “Balmy Beach Style”. I spoke that evening with many who have fond memories of dancing the night away to many bands including Little Caesar and the Consuls from days gone by.
I hope everyone is enjoying this hot and hazy summer.
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LITTLE CAESAR AND THE CONSULS (since 1956)