He was friends with Aretha Franklin and the Miracles when they were pre-teens.But here’s the kicker, he was also friends with one Diane Ross (later Diana) when they lived down the street from each other and they eventually fell in love.
Smokey had a lot of friends back in his Detroit days.
In addition to his work with Oates, he has made music as a solo artist, first recording with Robert Fripp in the late 70s, producing the much-acclaimed .
From the mid-70s to the mid-80s, Daryl and John would score six #1 singles, including Rich Girl (also #1 R&B), Kiss on My List, Private Eyes, I Cant Go For That (No Can Do) (also #1 R&B), Maneater and Out of Touch from their six consecutive multi-platinum albums76s .
One of Smokey’s nieces was Diana’s best friend and that’s how they hooked up.
He revealed how much of a tom-boy Diana was at the time, and that she was an exceptional athlete who could fit in with whatever games they played on the streets.