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Elton John, Steven Tyler, James Taylor on New Smokey Robinson Album

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Musicians Steven Tyler (L) and Smokey Robinson speak onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Motown legend Smokey Robinson dipped into his Classic Rock Rolodex for his new duets album "Smokey & Friends," netting songs with Elton John ("The Tracks of My Tears"), James Taylor ("Ain't That Peculiar") and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler ("You Really Got a Hold On Me").

With the album, produced by "American Idol's Randy Jackson, out today, Robinson ran down his collaborations with each of those fellow singers and songwriters:


Elton John: "Elton is my bud. Elton is a beautiful person. So, yeah, I've known him forever, and I know his family and his kids and he's a great person."


Steven Tyler: "I've known Steven for 25 years, man. Steven's always been like a brother, and he's always been a cool person and he's a great guy...Steven really loves 'You Really Got a Hold On Me.' That was his favorite song by me, and so he said he's been singing it in his live show for a long time...So he picked the song. I had nothing to do with it."


James Taylor: "James Taylor, that's his identity, folk rock. And James is a huge Marvin Gaye fan, so he picked that one. So we did it, and what Randy did is he let the artist kinda do a demo of their take...their particular arrangement of it and recorded it in that fashion."

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