Bobby Rogers, Founder of Motown group The Miracles, Dies
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

Bobby Rogers, founding member of Motown group The Miracles and a songwriting collaborator with Smokey Robinson, died on Sunday. He was 73. Rogers’ death was confirmed by Motown Museum board member Allen Rawls.

The Miracles were founded in 1956 by Rogers, his cousin Claudette Rogers, Smokey Robinson, Pete Moore and Ronnie White. Some of their hits included “Shop Around,” “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “The Tracks of My Tears,” “Going to a Go-Go,” “I Second That Emotion” and “The Tears of a Clown.”

Rogers’ voice can be heard on Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” saying, “It’s just a groovy party, man, I can dig it.”

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Gerren Keith Gaynor (@MrGerrenalist) is a freelance journalist based in New York City. He has been published in the New York Times, ESSENCE magazine,, New York Amsterdam News, and Gaynor received his master degree in Journalism from Columbia University and his bachelor's in English from Morehouse College.