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"THE MIRACLES" are Inducted into................ THE ROCK and ROLL HALL of FAME! 2012

2012 List of ROCK and ROLL HALL of FAME Inductees 

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TUESDAY, April 24, 2012

 Claudette Robinson



Congratulations Claudette Robinson on The Miracles induction to
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame tonight!
Well deserved "First Lady of Motown".
Back to your treadmill when you get back. :)
Claudette Robinson of THE MIRACLES
It was a long time coming — 55 years to be exact — but Claudette Rogers Robinson finally made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday night, inducted at the ceremony in Cleveland along with Motown's Miracles by her ex-husband (and the group's former lead singer), Smokey Robinson

Berry Gordy at The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


"THE MIRACLES" over the Years including Claudette Robinson, The First Lady of MOTOWN

Claudette was the inspiration for many of Smokey's compositions like "More Love" and "My Girl"
Claudette Robinson and Smokey Robinson


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Bobby Rogers, who founded The Miracles and collaborated with Smokey Robinson, dies at 73

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Bobby Rogers, founder of The Miracles, dies

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Bobby Rogers, a founding member of Motown group The  Miracles and a songwriting collaborator with Smokey Robinson, died Sunday at his  suburban Detroit home. He was 73.

Motown Museum board member Allen Rawls said Rogers died about 6 a.m. in  Southfield. Rogers had been ill for several years.

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Rogers formed the group in 1956 with cousin Claudette Rogers, Pete Moore,  Ronnie White and Robinson. 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."

"He had the sparkling personality that was loved by everyone," Claudette  Robinson told the Detroit Free Press. "People always commented on the tall one  with the glasses. He was personable, approachable and he loved talking to the  women, loved talking to the guys, loved to dance, loved to sing, loved to  perform. That was the joy of his life."

His voice can be heard on Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On," with Rogers  saying, "It's just a groovy party, man, I can dig it." Mary Wilson of the  Supremes said that captured his essence.

"If people want to remember him, they should put that record on and listen to  Bobby," Wilson told the newspaper. "That's who he was."

Rogers and The Miracles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in  2012. He was too ill to attend the ceremony.

He shared songwriting credits with Robinson on The Temptations' "The Way You  Do the Things You Do," The Contours' "First I Look at the Purse" and The  Miracles' "Going to a Go-Go."

Funeral arrangements through James H. Cole Home for Funerals in Detroit were  incomplete Sunday afternoon

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Comment by Danny Zale on September 26, 2012 at 10:46am

The Miracles have a group Star for Recording at 7060 Hollywood Blvd. (g-3) on The Zale Map (near Sycamore).

Smokey Robinson has an individual star for Recording at 1500 N. Vine Street (m-35) on The Zale Map. *His star at 1500 N. Vine is currently covered up, along with 6 other stars due to star renovation*. To find out when it will be refinished and rededicated contact Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremonies at
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Comment by Ann Dandridge Public Relations on September 24, 2012 at 11:06am


MOTOWN founder Berry Gordy gave Claudette Marie the official title of the "First Lady of Motown", as noted in his autobiography, because, as a member of the Miracles, (Motown's first group and first recording act), she was the first female artist ever signed to a Motown-affiliated record label (Tamla). Several years ago, Claudette began writing her autobiography, A Miraculous Life, a book of her memoirs, and of her life with the Miracles.


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 Lyric Ontiveros * First-Lady Robinson * Tamla Robinson at Pantages Theatre.

With Claudette First-Lady Robinson and Smokey.

Comment by Ann Dandridge Public Relations on May 6, 2012 at 1:49pm

Lyric OntiverosSmokey Robinson and Claudette First-Lady Robinson.



The Miracles Biography

Inducted members: Warren “Pete” Moore, Claudette Rogers Robinson, Bobby Rogers, Marvin Tarplin, Ronald White

In the beginning, the Miracles were a group with William “Smokey” Robinson as its lead singer and guiding light. The name remained unchanged until 1967, when they became Smokey Robinson and the Miracles – a recognition of Robinson’s role as a frontman who possessed one of the most remarkable voices in popular music. However, the entire group possessed considerable talent, and all of the members contributed greatly to the Miracles’ success. They were one of Motown’s most gifted ensembles and among its most long-lived, too, dating back to their 1955 formation at Detroit’s Northern High School. Three of them went back further than that, as Robinson, Pete Moore and Bobby Rogers had been singing together in their preteen years. In high school, Robinson formed the Five Chimes, who later renamed themselves the Matadors. After some personnel shifts, including the addition of Bobby Rogers and his cousin Claudette – a member of the Matadors’ sister band, the Matadorettes – their lineup as a vocal quintet was set. With arrival of a female member, the name Matadors would no longer do, so they rechristened themselves the Miracles.

At a 1957 audition, the Miracles met Berry Gordy Jr., and this fateful introduction would change all of their lives The Miracles became the cornerstone of Gordy’s new Tamla record label – which was the first step in what would become the Motown empire. But first the Miracles cut singles for labels like End and Chess, including their first national chart entry, “Bad Girl,” which edged inside Billboard’s Top 100 in 1959. That year the Miracles added guitarist Marv Tarplin, who would also become Smokey Robinson’s chief songwriting foil. Claudette and Smokey were married in 1959, as well. (After 1965, Claudette stopped touring, although she did continue to participate in Miracles’ recording sessions.)

The Miracles’ breakthrough was “Shop Around” (Number One R&B, Number Two pop), an across-the-board smash in 1960. A multitude of hit singles followed, including “You Really Got a Hold On Me” (Number One R&B, Number Six pop), “The Tracks of My Tears” (Number Two R&B, Number 16 pop) and “I Second That Emotion” (Number One R&B, Number Four pop). The Miracles’ success culminated in 1970 with their first Number One pop hit, “The Tears of a Clown.”

Throughout their amazing run in the Sixties, the Miracles provided satiny harmonies and sharp choreography. Bobby Rogers was the group’s best dancer, drawing up their routines until the arrival of the great choreographer Cholly Atkins at Motown. Vocally, as music critic Vince Aletti observed, the Miracles were “unsurpassed when it comes to melting harmonies and spun-sugar vocals.”

Robinson increasingly acquired an ever-greater array of duties at Motown during the Sixties, assuming the role of staff producer and title of vice-president. He moved to Los Angeles in 1972, following Gordy’s lead, while the Miracles remained in Detroit. That year he amicably parted ways with the Miracles, appearing with them for the last time in July 1972, and a year later he inaugurated a successful solo career. The Miracles continued with a new lead singer, Billy Griffin, who apprenticed with the group before Robinson’s departure.

In their post-Smokey incarnation, the Miracles cut five albums for Motown and two for Columbia before disbanding at the end of the Seventies. There was one final performance, however: the Miracles reunited with Smokey Robinson for Motown’s 25th anniversary special, which aired on May 16, 1983.


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Comment by Ann Dandridge Public Relations on May 6, 2012 at 10:14am
May 5, 2012 at 1:00 am

Emotions rock Hall ceremony

It's hard not to have mixed emotions about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's induction ceremony, as seen by most of us via the annual telecast (airing at 9 p.m. today on HBO). The drama of the aging divas, the onstage feuds (Guns 'N Roses' Axl Rose was absent and mostly forgotten this year), the often shambolic, ill-advised jam sessions can add up to a train wreck, amusing for all the wrong reasons.

But skepticism vanishes when you hear the voices of long-forgotten rock pioneers falter; when tears well in the eyes of veterans finally getting their due.

In this year's ceremony, it was singer Bette Midler who was the first to lose control of her voice, while inducting singer-songwriter Laura Nyro, composer of "And When I Die," "Stoned Soul Picnic," "Wedding Bell Blues," etc.

"I fell in love with her the moment I put the needle down on the record," Midler said. "That beautiful imagery, that beautiful, sexy little girl voice that had soul in its DNA, where did this come from? In a world of imitators …" Midler continued, before succumbing to a verklempt moment. She hung on, and her honest reaction was a nice break from some of the slicker introductions.

But it's when a slate of six veteran backing groups, including Motown's Miracles and Detroit's Midnighters, are recognized, finally, by the Rock Hall in a mass induction added at the last minute, that the tears flow.

In each case, the lead singer/front person had been inducted years ago, cutting the group out, and this was the Rock Hall's attempt to make up for it. It's hard to remain dry-eyed while watching the Blue Caps (Gene Vincent), the Comets (Bill Haley), the Crickets (Buddy Holly), the Famous Flames (James Brown), the Midnighters (Hank Ballard) and the Miracles (Smokey Robinson), all in their 60s, 70s and 80s, teary-eyed but standing triumphantly for their honor.

Many of the singers came to the stage in wheelchairs, but all insisted on standing for the time that they were on camera.

The sheer joy of the Comets — the drummer waved his award like a flag — was irresistible, and Famous Flame Bobby Bennett's voice broke as he remarked that he's the last surviving member of the group.

Smokey Robinson was peerless in his introduction of the groups, smooth yet heartfelt as he formally inducted all of them en masse.

"I am here to induct some of the greatest … the movers and the groovers, the drummers and the strummers," he said. And: "I know what a group can do for a song because I was a member of the Miracles for 25 years."

Claudette Rogers Robinson, easily the dishiest inductee onstage, said on behalf of the Miracles: "I pay homage to my fellow Miracles: Pete Moore, Smokey Robinson, Bobby Rogers, and our angels in heaven, Ronnie White and Marv Tarplin."

Another Detroiter, Norman Thrasher, giddily recited some lines from Hank Ballard & The Midnighters' "Let's Go Let's Go Let's Go" as he and Abdul Bin-Asad accepted on behalf of the group: "There's a thrill upon the hill, let's go let's go let's go to the rock and roll hall of fame!" Thrasher said.

Other highlights:

Donovan composed and recited a poem he wrote for the occasion, "I thank you for this bright green laurel resting now upon my brow," before singing "Sunshine Superman," and "Season of the Witch" (accompanied by John Mellencamp).

Little Steven Van Zandt's witty induction of the Faces/Small Faces. "Unlike those other bands, these guys were good-looking. The other guys were scaring everybody to death. These cute, cuddly cheeky little devils were playing like Booker T and the MGs, and singing like Wilson Pickett."

Kid Rock in a lime green Adidas tracksuit performing the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" with Black Thought and Gym Class Heroes' Travie McCoy.

An "In Memoriam" segment: Ledisi sang "At Last" while photos of music greats who died last year (Davy Jones, Etta James, etc.) flashed on the screen. Thankfully, they didn't forget the Miracles' Marv Tarplin.


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The First Lady of MOTOWN!

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The First Lady of Motown, Hollywood Walk of Fame recipient and Rock in Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Claudette Robinson


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