1980 Smokey Robinson – Warm Thoughts

Warm Thoughts is a 1980 album by Smokey Robinson. It features the top 40 hit, “Let Me Be the Clock”. The album was arranged by Reginald “Sonny” Burke. This album also featured the semi-autobiographical tune “Wine, Women and Song”, which proved to be the closest thing to a Miracles reunion that occurred in the 1980s…with Smokey doing a duet with his then wife, former Miracle Claudette Robinson, and Miracle Marv Tarplin, with whom he shared songwriting credits, on guitar. The song “Travellin’ Thru'” was written by Smokey’s real-life sister, Rose Ella Jones, and two songs written by Robinson with fellow Motown artist, Stevie Wonder, and singer, songwriter, and former Starsky and Hutch star, David Soul. This album was a huge success, reaching the Top 20 of The Billboard 200 Pop Album chart, peaking at #14, and the Top 10 of Billboard’s R&B Album Chart, peaking at #4.


1  Let Me Be The Clock (Smokey Robinson) 05:11
2  Heavy On Pride (Light On Love) (Smokey Robinson) 04:05
3  Into Each Rain Some Life Must Fall (Smokey Robinson) 04:35
4  Wine, Women And Song (Smokey Robinson; Marvin Tarplin; Pamela Moffett) 04:43
5  Melody Man (Smokey Robinson; Stevie Wonder) 04:49
6  What’s In Your Life For Me (Smokey Robinson; Donny Soul) 04:42
7  I Want To Be Your Love (Smokey Robinson) 03:56
8  Travelin’ Through (Rose Ella Jones) 04:24


BassKenneth Burke
BassScott Edwards
BassWayne Tweed
DrumsJames Gadson
DrumsScotty Harris
GuitarDavid T Walker
GuitarMarlo Henderson
GuitarMarvin Tarplin
GuitarWah Wah Watson
GuitarPhil Upchurch
KeyboardsRon Rancifer
KeyboardsSonny Burke
FluteFred Smith
ReedsFred Smith
CelloMichael Jacobsen
CongasJames Sledge
Background VocalsCheryl Cooper
Background VocalsClaudette Robinson
Background VocalsIvory Davis
Background VocalsJames Sledge
Background VocalsPatricia Henley Talbert
VocalsSmokey Robinson

Liner Notes

Producer – Smokey Robinson (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8)
Co-Producer – Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson (Track 5)
Arranged By – Sonny Burke (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8)
Arranged By – Stevie Wonder (Track 5)
Coordinator – Barbara Ramsey, Simone Sheffield
Engineer (Mixing) – Michael Lizzio, William Robinson
Engineer (Recording) – Michael Lizzio
Engineer (Mixing Assistant) – Ginny Pallante, Randy Dunlap
Engineer (Recording Assistant) – Ernestine Madison, Ginny Pallante
Mastered By – John Matousek

Art Direction, Design – Ginny Livingston
Photography – Ron Slenzak
Typography – Vigon Nahas Vigon

Mastered At Motown Recording Studios
Mixed At Motown Recording Studios
Recorded At Motown Recording Studios
Phonographic Copyright Motown Record Corporation
Copyright Motown Record Corporation