Smokey was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
He is the uncle of budding R&B artist Eric West.
He is the spokesman of the "Great American Smokeout", which takes place one week before Thanksgiving.
He was nicknamed "Smokey" as a child, because of his love of westerns.
He was once the protege of Berry Gordy.
Smokey made a guest appearance on Days Of Our Lives in November 2006 to perform the song, I Love Your Face, from his latest album, Timeless Love.