Bobby Rogers, Founder of Motown group “The Miracles,” Dead at 73

Motown songwriter dies at 73.

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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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