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R.I.P. Bobby Rogers

thumbThe Miracles’ Bobby Rogers died in his Michigan home yesterday morning. The singer was born in 1940 on the same day and in the same hospital as Smokey Robinson. Sixteen years later, the two joined up—along with Claudette Rogers, Peter Moore and Berry White—and formed Motown soul group the Miracles. Rogers not only lent his vocal talents to the group, but also contributed with songwriting. Rogers and Robinson shared credits on hits like the Temptations’ “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” the Contours’ “First I Look at the Purse” and the Miracles’ “Going to a Go-Go.” The Miracles also became another one of Motown’s hit-makers; the group’s first hit, “Shop Around,” reached Number Two on the Hot 100. It was the first Motown record to sell a million copies. The Miracles also became known for hits like “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Ooo Baby Baby,” “The Tracks of My Tears” and “I Second That Emotion.” As part of the Miracles, Rogers became inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was granted the Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Rogers had been ill for several years before his passing. He was 73.  

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