Founding member of the The Miracles dies

The Miracles

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Bobby Rogers, one of the founding members of Motown group The Miracles died today at the age of 73.

Rogers formed the group in the mid-fifties with his cousin Claudette Rogers, Pete Moore, Ronnie White and Smokey Robinson. They went on to produce such hits as “I Second That Emotion” and “The Tears of a Clown.”

The Miracles and Rogers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just last year.

Rogers went on to collaborate with Robinson on a number of hit including The Temptations’ hit “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” and The Miracles’ “Going to a Go-Go.”

The Miracles was the first act to sign with Motown Records back in 1956, going on to become the first group to sell over a million albums.

Rogers first marriage was to Wanda Young, the lead singer of The Marvelettes. They went on to have several children together, divorcing in 1975. In 1981 he married Joan Hughes with the wedding ceremony officiated by Aretha Franklin’s older brother Cecil. The wedding was held at Detroit’s historic New Bethel Baptist Church.

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