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When Sonny Rogers quit to join the army, Robinson asked Rogers' sister, Claudette—a member of the Matadorettes, their sister band—to join. However, because they now had a female member, the name Matadors was no longer appropriate, so they re-christened themselves the Miracles.

“With my singing lead, Claudette on top, Bobby’s tenor under her, Ronnie’s baritone and Pete’s bass on bottom, I felt good about our blend,” Robinson told writer David Ritz.

Tarplin co-wrote “The Tracks of My Tears,” while White co-wrote “My Girl,” a Number One hit for the Temptations.

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They include “You Really Got a Hold On Me” (Number Eight pop, Number One R&B), “Ooo Baby Baby” (Number Sixteen pop, Number Four R&B), “The Tracks of My Tears” (Number Sixteen pop, Number Two R&B), and “I Second That Emotion” (Number four pop, Number One R&B).

The Miracles were one of Motown’s most gifted ensembles and among its longest-lived, dating back to their roots as a group at Detroit’s Northern High School.

Robinson, Pete Moore and Bobby Rogers actually first sang together in their pre-teen years.

The Miracles were the first act on Tamla, which was the first label in what would become Gordy’s Motown empire.

In fact, it was Robinson who urged Gordy to start his own company after hearing him complain about how little money accrued from their work for other labels.


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