Robinson pays tribute to Motown's chief of charm

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Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:00 am

DETROIT (AP) - She didn't sing a note or write a lick of a lyric, but Smokey Robinson contends that Maxine Powell was as essential to Motown Records' operation as the legendary label's songwriters, producers and musicians.

Powell was in charge of the artists' personal development. And Robinson, a bard of the American romantic songbook and one of the chief architects of "the Motown sound" produced in Detroit from the late 1950s to the early `70s, paid tribute to Powell on Monday night during an invitation-only event at the former Hitsville, U.S.A., studio in Detroit that now serves as the Motown Historical Museum.

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