What I said (that Smokey wrote and produced one hit single for the Diana Ross led Supremes) is correct. I, of all people, know the extent of Smokey Robinson's input on the Supremes: he got them their first audition, he stole their guitarist (Marv Taplin) away and made him the sixth Miracle, he produced a lot of their filler, etc. Smoke wrote a good bit of those early Supremes singles that didn't go anywhere. He did later write the "Floy Joy" album for the '70s Ross-less Supremes,
But Smokey Robinson's contributions to the Supremes may go a bit beyond the scope of a post about the music in "Dreamgirls" (*unless we're talking about the character of C.C. White, whose role and relation to the Dreams is not entirely analogous to Smokey's real-life role). I was trying to keep a focus on the Supremes sound in general, meaning: the hits (by Holland-Dozier-Holland and, during the later years, the revolving door of producers) and their pop standards/Broadway stuff. (and upon their most famous/popular and frequently performed recordings from those years).
> >also, my big problem with just the music of "dreamgirls" >('cause i got lots beyond that) is that if they were gonna >broaden the musical palette and go beyond the more traditional >b'way feel of the original show tunes (which i'm actually a >big fan of), then they could have at least tried to be more >era-accurate with what they came up with. "listen" is just >contemporary dreck, a horrible fit for the movie's time-frame, >while "love you i do" is -- to me -- a weak approximation of >the era they were going for. but then, i ain't a big fan of >the cockroach of the music industry, siedah garrett. respect >her hustle and homegirl is always on the grind, going on 40 or >50 years now. but i mean, drag nick ashford's ass from the >chair of his weaveologist and have him and val write some >shit. ain't at least 2/3 of holland-dozier-holland still >alive? they ain't doing shit... hell, if amy winehouse can do >it, i know those old pros still got it in them. > >and beyonce cannot act. end of story. gorgeous and insanely >fuckable, but otherwise useless. > *shrugs* Your opinion.