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Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, 1987 and 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Save for founder Berry Gordy, no single figure has been more closely allied with the Detroit-based recording empire known as Motown than William “Smokey” Robinson (vocals; born February 19, 1940). In addition to leading the Miracles -- Warren “Pete” Moore (vocals; b. November 19, 1939), Claudette Rogers Robinson (vocals; b. June 20, 1942), Bobby Rogers (vocals; February 19, 1940 - March 3, 2013), Marv Tarplin (guitar; June 13, 1941 - September 30, 2011), Ronnie White (vocals; April 15, 1939 - August 26, 1995) -- Robinson served as a Motown producer, songwriter, talent scout, and Gordy’s most trusted confidant and right-hand man. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles scored 27 pop-soul hits at Motown between 1960 and 1971, including the classics “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Mickey’s Monkey,” “Going to a Go-Go,” and “I Second That Emotion.” They also explored the sweeter side of soul with a string of exquisite ballads sung by Robinson in a satiny falsetto. The Miracles’ brightest moments on record -- “Ooo Baby Baby,” “The Tracks of My Tears,” and “The Tears of a Clown” foremost among them -- still kindle memories for those who came of age in the 1960s.

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