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, quiet storm
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 – lead vocals
  • Melba Bradford – background vocals
  • Joseph A. Brown – drums, percussion
  • Carmen Bryant – background vocals
  • Gary Coleman – percussion
  • Shawn Furlong – sound effects, sopranino
  • Michael Jacobsen – electric cello
  • Gene Pello – drums
  • James Alibe Sledge – bongos, conga, background vocals
  • Fred Smith – horns, woodwind
  • Russ Turner – musical arrangements, 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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