Smokey Robinson is a man whose work is synonymous with love — undying love, unrequited love, passionate love.

His name is also synonymous with Motown Records as the leader of The Miracles, as a solo artist, as a songwriter and producer, and as a founding father of the legendary record label. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and was awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize in 2016 for his contributions to popular music.

Smokey Robinson plays Meridian Hall in Toronto on June 28.

The 82-year-old music legend joined us in the Gumbo Kitchen to talk about his early years, his time at Motown and his gift for songwriting.