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Died On This Date (March 3, 2013) Bobby Rogers / Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

Posted by themusicsover on March 3, 2013

Bobby Rogers
February 19, 1940 – March 3, 2013

bobby-rogersAs an original member of Motown’s legendary R&B group, the Miracles, Bobby Rogers sang on some of popular music’s most lasting songs.  Born on the same day and in the very same hospital as Smokey Robinson, Rogers wouldn’t meet his future band mate until 15 years later.  In 1959, the Miracles became the first group signed to Berry Gordy’s Motown/Tamla Records, and within a year, they had the label’s first million seller with “Shop Around.”  The group went on to release countless hit singles with Rogers singing on “You Really Got A Hold Of Me,” “The Tracks Of My Tears,” “Ooo Baby Baby,” “I Second That Emotion,” and many many more.  He was also reportedly responsible for the group’s onstage choreography.  Rogers remained in the Miracles until 1978, but participated in reunions in 1980 and 1993.  He ultimately retired from the group in 2011.  As a Motown songwriter, Rogers wrote or co-wrote such hits as “The Way You Do The Things You Do” (the Temptations), “What Love Has Joined Together” (Mary Wells), and “One More Heartache” (Marvin Gaye), among others. He was elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Miracles in 2012.  Bobby Rogers was 73 when he passed away on March 3, 2013.  Cause of death was not immediately released, but he had reportedly been suffering from an undisclosed illness for some time.

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