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October 25, 2014

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Miracles Co-Founder Bobby Rogers Dies Following Lengthy Illness

Miracles Co-Founder Bobby Rogers Dies Following Lengthy Illness

A founding member of The Miracles has died. "The Detroit Free Press" says Bobby Rogers passed away at his home in suburban Detroit early Sunday morning, less than two weeks after his 73rd birthday. While a specific cause of death hasn't been offered, Rogers had been ill for a while. Rogers formed The Miracles with Smokey Robinson, and was the driving force in keeping the group together after Smokey left. He and Robinson also wrote a number of hits -- not just for The Miracles but for a number of Motown artists. Songs they penned include The Temptations' "The Way You DO The Things You Do" and the Contours' "First I Look at the Purse," as well as The Miracles' "Going to a Go-Go." Rogers also sang on other Motown classics, including Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" -- the song The Supremes' Mary Wilson says best illustrates "who he was."

Wilson adds that Rogers was dedicated to music -- and The Miracles -- his entire life. She last performed with him in Australia in 2010, and recalls that he took the stage "with a zest, even though he had his walker," and he "still loved what he did." The Miracles' Claudette Robinson remembers Bobby as "personable" and "approachable." She explains that he "loved talking to the women, loved talking to the guys, loved to dance, loved to sing, loved to perform," which she says was "the joy of his life."


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