Quiet Storm

Smokey Robinson

About Quiet Storm

Quiet storm is a radio format and genre of contemporary R&B, performed in a smooth, romantic, jazz-influenced style. It was named after the title song on Smokey Robinson's 1975 album A Quiet Storm. The radio format was pioneered in 1976 by Melvin Lindsey, while he was an intern at the Washington, D. C. radio station WHUR-FM. It eventually became regarded as an identifiable subgenre of R&B. Quiet storm was marketed to upscale mature audiences during the 1980s, while falling out of favor with young African-American listeners in the age of hip hop.  


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Soft and warm, a quiet storm
Quiet as when flowers talk at break of dawn, break of dawn
A power source of tender force
Generatin', radiatin', turnin' me on, turnin' me on

Oh, you short circuit all my nerves
Promising electric pains
You touch me and suddenly there's rainbow rings

Quiet storm blowing
Through my life, oh
Quiet storm blowing
Through my life, oh blow, baby

Oh, when you sigh, we can ride
A butterfly caught up in a hurricane, hurricane
Lucky me, I'm glad I'm free
Suddenly I'm caught up in your summer rain

oh, shower me with your sweet love
I will bathe in every drop
Through all the seasons 
Let it pour and never stop

Quiet storm blowing
Through my life, through my life
You're just like a quiet storm blowing
Through my life, through my life, through my life
through my life, through my life

Blowin', blowin', blowin', blowin'
Ah, through my life
Oh

Hail soft storms of loving me
Let them play on my desires
Kiss me softly
Let your lightenin' light my fire

Quiet storm blowing
Through my life, through my life
You're just like a quiet storm blowing (blowing, blowing)
Through my life, through my life

Quiet storm blowing
Through my life
Quiet storm blowing (Oh, yeah)
Through my life

Oh

Shower me with your sweet love
I will bathe in ever drop
Through all the seasons
Let it pour and never stop

Quiet storm blowing
Through my life, through my life
You're just like a quiet storm (blowing)
Warm and tender, through my life (oh through my life)

Quiet storm, you're blowing
Through my life, through my life, through my life
Quiet storm blowing
Through my life

Blow, baby
Blow, baby
Blow, baby
Blow, baby

Oh yeah, quiet storm
yeah, quiet storm
Blow, baby
Blow, baby
Blow, baby

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Smokey Robinson

William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr. (born February 19, 1940) is an American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. Robinson was the founder and front man of the popular Motown vocal group The Miracles, for which he also served as the group's chief songwriter and producer. Robinson led the group from its 1955 origins as The Five Chimes until 1972 when he announced a retirement from the stage to focus on his role as Motown's vice president. more »

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Written by: ROSE ELLA JONES, SMOKEY ROBINSON

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10 facts about this song

Debut Timeline
"Quiet Storm" the song was released by Smokey Robinson in 1975, making it one of Robinson's earliest solo efforts after leaving The Miracles.
Album Title
The song is the title track from Smokey Robinson's album of the same name, also released in 1975.
Genre Inspiration
"Quiet Storm" was not only a song, but it also inspired a subgenre of RnB with the same name. The term is used to describe sultry, slow tempo contemporary R&B, often used for late night radio shows.
Radio Show Influence
Melvin Lindsey, a disc jockey in Washington, D.C., was inspired by the song to create a late-night music show called "The Quiet Storm" on WHUR-FM in 1976.
Chart Performance
"Quiet Storm" reached number 25 on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart, showcasing Smokey Robinson’s solo success after his departure from The Miracles.
Musical Composition
The song is a slow-groove track, showcasing smooth and soulful vocals from Robinson accompanied by his harmonious backup singers, The Miracles.
Authorship
Smokey Robinson is credited as the sole writer of "Quiet Storm." This demonstrates his prowess not just as a singer, but as a songwriter.
Cultural Impact
The term "Quiet Storm" later became a common descriptor for slow R&B songs with soulful and mellow melodies after the success of the Smokey Robinson song.
Influence on Artists
Artists in the R&B genre such as Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, and Sade have all been influenced by the 'Quiet Storm' subgenre, and thus indirectly by Robinson's original song.
Lengthy Track
Unlike many contemporary songs of its time, “Quiet Storm” was almost seven minutes long, indicating a move toward longer compositions in some popular music of the era.

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