1. His real first name is William; his nickname was given so hed never forget his black heritage. (Irony alert: Hes rumored to have undergone chemical peels to lighten his skin.)
2. His great-nephew, Duke, played football at our own University of Oklahoma, starting in 2005. Sooooonerrrrrs!
3. UK New Wave band ABCs 1987 hit When Smokey Sings was about him, but whats odd is that it sat in Billboards Top 10 at the same time as one of Robinsons own, the synth-ballad One Heartbeat. (Tangent: I used to think the chorus to ABCs song went, When Smokey sings / I hear violence.)
4. Hes the first R&B singer to release a CD through Cracker Barrel. Repeat: Cracker Barrel.
5. His favorite movie? It sure isnt 2006s Oscar-winning Dreamgirls, parts of which he found very, very, very offensive.
For more information, visit luckystarcasino.org and myfirstwin.com. Rod Lott
Editors Note: A photo in last weeks Gazette was incorrectly identified as My So-Called Band. We regret the error.