Music legend Smokey Robinson reached out to a new generation of performing artists on Friday, telling them they were starting out as he did: "with a love for doing something creative."
Robinson, 72, visited Duke Ellington School of the Arts, named for the jazz great whose music Robinson said was the first he heard in his life because it was always playing in his Detroit home.
Robinson said he sang in various bands in high school, including The Miracles.
Just after high school, he connected with Berry Gordy, with whom he would later form the Motown label.
The label's first hit was Robinson's "Shop Around."
He went on to make hits such as "Cruisin'," ''You've Really Got a Hold On Me," ''Tracks of My Tears" and "Tears of A Clown."