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Robin Thicke's Talent Is "Something Else"

Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Robin Thicke may look and sound a lot like his dad, Alan Thicke of "Growing Pains," but he is in a class of his own when it comes to music.

"He (Alan Thicke) thinks he can (sing)," Robin Thicke joked. "He is actually a talented songwriter and musician. My mom is a singer and my grandmother was a pianist and my grandfather was a jazz trumpet player, so there's lots of music in the family."

Thicke made a huge splash in 2006 with his R&B breakthrough album "The Evolution of Robin Thicke" and now he is getting rave reviews for his latest CD, "Something Else."

He stopped by to chat with Early Show co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez and perform his hit song, "The Sweetest Love."

"What is the sweetest love in your life?" Rodriguez asked.

"That would be my lovely wife Paula. I wrote that song about her after I got home from Paris, the capital of romance," he said.

Paula Patton is an actress, who recently starred in "Swing Vote" as a journalist.

"The Sweetest Love" wasn't the only song in which Thicke thought of his wife.

He wrote another song that was partly based on the fact they are an interracial couple, as well.

"That was 'Dream World,' the first song. It wasn't all about that. It was about living in a world where there is no racism or no poverty," he said.

The acceptance and fame didn't come easy for Thicke. He admitted that "it took years of hard work" to get to this point of his career.

"Every time I think I'm kind of cool, I hang out with my dad and he always out cools me," Thicke admitted.

Alan Thicke once had a talk show called "Thicke of the Night."

"A lot of people don't realize not only was he a singer and not only was he an actor, but he was a prolific theme show tune writer as well," noted weather anchor and features reporter Dave Price.

"One of his claims to fame was he was one of the singers and writers of 'Different Strokes.' And my mom sang 'The Facts of Life,' and my dad wrote that, so that is their claim to fame and where my musical background comes from," Thicke said.

Music was always in Thicke's blood, but it really blossomed when he was a young child.

"When I was about 7, I remember seeing my mom on stage was influential and I grew up listening to Prince and Michael Jackson at that age and I was just so amazed by their talents. I wanted to do what they were doing," Thicke said.

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