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."