SMOKEY ROBINSON REFUSED TO BE A GANGSTER
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Smokey Robinson could have been a gangster. He tells students at Washington's Duke Ellington School of the Arts when he was growing up in Detroit, some of his friends asked him to help rob a gas station. Robinson refused. He says he knew he wanted to be a singer from the time he was 3 but he didn't know that was possible. He told the students they can be as successful as him because "everybody starts with a love for doing something creative."