Smokey Robinson was sued Friday by a former manager who says he is owed commissions.
Eric Podwall’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleges breach of contract and a court declaration that the managerial agreement he had with the singer is valid. The suit seeks unspecified damages.
The suit notes that one of Robinson’s hits early in his career was “Tracks of My Tears,” but that through his conduct the singer “sheds no tears for the person who has been responsible for his recent successes, manager Eric Podwall.”
A representative for the 76-year-old Robinson could not be immediately reached.
The suit states that Podwall met Robinson four years ago at a time when the entertainer had not released a successful record in decades and was touring the same venues every year.
In 2012, the two entered into an agreement in which Podwall was to receive 10 percent of all money Robinson made while working in the entertainment field, the suit states. Podwall helped Robinson get a recording contract that resulted in his first hit record since the 1980s, “Smokey & Friends,” a 2014 album the singer recorded with the likes of Elton John, Steven Tyler, John Legend and James Taylor, the suit states.
Podwall also played an important part in getting a deal for the management of Robinson’s royalties, the suit states.
But in January, Podwall received a letter from Robinson dated in December “which purported to terminate the management agreement,” the suit states.
The termination effort is invalid because the agreement the two had required that the parties provide notice to each other and for each of them to have 30 days to try and resolve any problems, the suit alleges.
—City News Service