Bobby Rogers, a founding member of The Miracles, passed away on March 3, 2013. He was 73 years old at the time of his passing.
Rogers was born in Detroit in February 1940. When he wasd 16 yeard old, he formed The Miracles with Smokey Robinson, Claudette Rogers, Pete Moore and Ronnie White. In 1957, they met Berry Gordy Jr. and became part of Motown. The Miracles’ first big hit was “Shop Around,” which reached number two on the Hot 100 in 1960; this also became the first Motown record to sell a million copies. The Miracles’ other hits included “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Ooo Baby Baby,” “The Tracks of My Tears,” and “I Second That Emotion.”
After Robinson left the group in 1972, Rogers continued to tour with The Miracles into the 1990s. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
Rogers can also be heard as part of the speaking voices in the introduction to Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.”