Tuesday, August 21, 2012

95 Songs of Summer, #61 - "Cruisin" (1979)

I have a sneaking suspicion that I might be altering the calendar a bit with this one, but even if it wasn't strictly speaking a song released during the summer, it is (as far as I'm concerned) a classic "summer song."

Smokey Robinson's stature was long settled by the time this song was released, but it did kick off a mini-renaissance for the man who was responsible for a prodigious amount of great work in the 1960s and early 1960s.  No question that Smokey can rest on his laurels for the rest of his life, but one gets the feeling that he might just decide on a whim to head back to the studio at some point, and create even more great work.

So while this song really belongs to all summers, we'll assign it to the summer of 1979.  Mr. Smokey Robinson, with "Cruisin'." 

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