Bobby Rogers, singer and founding member of the Motown group the Miracles, died this morning at the age of 73. The singer, who had long been suffering from illness, was at his home in Southfield, MI.
Rogers is best known for his work with the Miracles and his songwriting collaborations with Smokey Robinson. “Another soldier in my life has fallen,” Robinson said in a statement, the AP reports. “Bobby Rogers was my brother and a really good friend. He and I were born on the exact same day in the same hospital in Detroit. I am really going to miss him. I loved him very much.”
Rogers formed the Miracles back in 1956 with Robinson, cousin Claudette Rogers, Pete Moore, and Ronnie White. The group went on to produce a number of R&B hits, including “Shop Around,” “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,”“Ooo Baby Baby,” “The Tracks of My Tears,” “I Second That Emotion,” and “Tears of a Clown.” The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
Rogers’ voice can also be heard on Marvin Gayes’ “What’s Goin’ On.” “It’s just a groovy party, man, I can dig it,” he’s heard saying on the track.
“If people want to remember him, they should put that record on and listen to Bobby,” the Supremes’ Mary Wilson told the Detroit Free Press. “That’s who he was.”