Motown’s Bobby Rogers Passes Away

Singer-songwriter and original founding member of the Motown band, the Miracles, Bobby Rogers, passed away at 73. Rogers died in Detroit on Sunday morning.

As a lyricist, Rogers often collaborated with the famous Smokey Robinson. This musical union eventually led the two to create the Miracles together in 1955, with three others: Claudette Rogers, Pete Moore, and Ronnie White. During their time together the Miracles scored a variety of hits such as, “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” and “I Second That Emotion.”

Though he was too sick at the time to attend, The Miracles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. He was able to make it, however, when they were given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2009.

Along with their success with the Miracles, Rogers also worked with Robinson to pen Temptations’ tracks like, “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” as well as the Contours’ “First I Look at the Purse.”

Rogers certainly had an impact on the world of Motown, and he will be missed.

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