Personalities | Smokey Robinson & The Miracles | Sixties | Rock

(Vocal group, 1958–78)

The MiraclesSmokey Robinson, Claudette Rogers, Bobby Rogers, Ronnie White and Warren Moore – were a cornerstone of Motown’s early success. Their 1960 hit ‘Shop Around’ set the gospel-and-soul tone for the label (later tempered with girl-group pop). Robinson was also a producer and songwriter of great lyricism for other Motown acts, notably Mary Wells, The Temptations and The Marvelettes. He was vice-president of the label from 1961 to its sale in 1988 to MCA.

1967’s ‘I Second That Emotion’ broke the group in Britain. Robinson had already decided to leave before 1970’s reissued ‘Tears Of A Clown’ reached No. 1. Recording thereafter took second place to his vice-presidency, but the 1975 album The Quiet Storm lent its name to a new adult-orientated soul genre, in which he topped the charts with 1981’s ‘Being With You’. The Miracles had one more No. 1 without Robinson, 1976’s ‘Love Machine’, before splitting in 1978.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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