A Quiet Storm

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This article is about the Smokey Robinson album. For other uses, see Quiet storm (disambiguation).
"A Quiet Storm"
Studio album by Smokey Robinson
Released March 26, 1975
Recorded 1974
Genre Soul
Length 36:01
Label Tamla
Producer Smokey Robinson
Smokey Robinson chronology
Pure Smokey
A Quiet Storm
Smokey's Family Robinson

A Quiet Storm is a 1975 third album by Motown legend Smokey Robinson.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

This is one of the most highly acclaimed soul albums of the 1970s.[2][3][4][5][6][7] A longtime innovator at Motown, Robinson responded to the Funk revolution in black music (Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield, Al Green) with an effective counterpoint: the stylish and mature album A Quiet Storm. This landmark album spawned and lent its name to the "Quiet Storm" musical programming format, a format still adopted by radio stations across America 40 years later. It spawned 3 hit singles including his first disco hit "Baby That's Backatcha" that went to number 7 on the Billboard Disco chart (Top 10 R&B), and this album re-established Robinson's reputation as a master songwriter and producer and solidified his solo success after leaving his legendary group, The Miracles.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed and arranged by Smokey Robinson; except where indicated.

  1. "Quiet Storm" 7:47 (Robinson, Rose Ella Jones {Robinson's real-life sister})[8]
  2. "The Agony and the Ecstasy" 4:43
  3. "Baby That's Backatcha" 3:36
  4. "Wedding Song" 3:20
  5. "Happy" – Love Theme from Lady Sings the Blues (Robinson, Michel Legrand) 7:05
  6. "Love Letters" 4:04
  7. "Coincidentally" 4:22


  • Smokey Robinson – Vocals
  • Melba Bradford – background vocals
  • Joseph A. Brown – drums, percussion
  • Carmen Bryant – background vocals
  • Gary Coleman – percussion
  • Shawn Furlong – sound effects, sopranino
  • Michael Jacobsen – cello
  • Gene Pello – drums
  • James Alibe Sledge – bongos, conga, background vocals
  • Fred Smith – horn, woodwind
  • Russ Turner – keyboards, background vocals
  • Marv Tarplin – guitar


Year Album Chart positions[9]
1975 A Quiet Storm 36 7


Year Single Chart positions[10]
1975 "Baby That's Backatcha" 26 1 7
"The Agony and the Ecstasy" 36 7
1976 "Quiet Storm" 61 25


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