Billboard #1 Hits: #246: “The Tears Of A Clown”- Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. December 12, 1970. #1 for 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: “The Tears Of A Clown”- Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
- Record Company-Tamla
- Genre: Soul
- Written by Hank Cosby, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder
- Time: 3:05
- B-side: “Promise Me”
- Album-Make It Happen
- Grade: A+
- Peaked at #1 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #1 in UK Singles Chart.
I hadn’t known before that 1- Stevie Wonder had a part in writing this song and 2- that Smokey Robinson & The Miracles had first recorded this back in 1967. It was released in the UK in 1970- as a single and went to #1- which spurred Motown to release it as a single in the US in late 1970- and it goes to #1 in the U.S. also. This was the only #1 hit for Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. The Miracles would have a #1 hit without Smokey in 1975 with “Love Machine.” As a solo artist the closest Smokey got to #1 was “Being With You” which stalled at #2 in 1981.