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Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

Scoring over 40 hits in the R&B Top 40 charts, the Miracles started out as the Five Chimes in the mid-'50s while the members were still in high school. The Detroit vocal group consisted of William "Smokey" Robinson, Warren "Pete" Moore, Clarence "Humble" Dawson, Donald Wicker, and James "Rat" Grice. Not too long after the group formed, Wicker and Grice left and were replaced by cousins Emerson "Sonny" Rogers and Bobby Rogers, who both sang tenor, and baritonist Ronnie White was in Dawson's place. The vocal quintet then changed their name to the Matadors, and in 1956 Claudette Rogers joined the band after her brother Sonny Rogers was drafted. The Matadors auditioned for Jackie Wilson's manager, Nat Tarnapol, in 1956. Although Tarnapol wasn't interested, finding the group too similar to the Platters, Jackie Wilson's songwriter Berry Gordy Jr. was, and he soon began producing the band, who now went by the name the Miracles. Gordy produced their first single, "Get a Job," which was issued by the N.Y. label End Records in 1958.

After one more release on this label, the Miracles recorded their first song for Gordy's new Motown/Tamla label, 1959's "Bad Girl" (which was issued nationally on the Chess label). Next came the first hit for both the group and the label, 1960's "Shop Around," which reached number one on the R&B charts and number two pop. The next song by the Miracles to hit the number one R&B spot and reach the pop Top Ten came two years later with "You've Really Got a Hold on Me." Smokey and Claudette got married in 1963, and she retired from the group a year later. The band's last big hit before they changed their name from the Miracles was "Going to a Go-Go" (1966), which climbed into the Top Five on the R&B charts, and the pop Top 20. Later that year, "I'm the One You Need" reached the Top 20. After this, the group's name changed to Smokey Robinson & the Miracles and they scored two more number one songs: "I Second That Emotion" (1967) and "The Tears of a Clown" (1970).

Smokey left the group to pursue a solo career in 1972 and 20-year-old Billy Griffin was brought in to replace the lead singer. Once again the Miracles, the band scored several more hits, including "Do It Baby" and "Don't Cha Love It," which both reached the R&B Top Ten. The Miracles experienced a big success in early 1976 with "Love Machine (Part 1)," which reached number one on the pop charts. The multi-million selling single came off of their second album without Smokey, 1975's City of Angels, and stayed on the charts for over six months, making it the longest-running hit the band ever had. Their final album on the Motown label, The Power of Music, followed. After this, the Miracles added a new member, Billy Griffin's brother Don, and the band switched over to Columbia Records. Their first CBS release was Love Crazy (1977), which contained a single, "Spy for the Brotherhood," that was pulled off the record after complaints from the FBI. The group's last charting single, "Mean Machine," made the R&B Top 100 in 1978. Billy Griffin pursued a solo career, and Warren "Pete" Moore became a record producer in Detroit. In the late '80s, Bobby Rogers started the New Miracles, and in 1990 the Miracles (including Billy Griffin and Claudette Robinson) reunited to re-record "Love Machine" for the U.K. Motorcity label. Ronnie White died from leukemia in 1995 and Griffin died in 2013 from diabetes complications. ~ Joslyn Layne
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Track List: The 35th Anniversary Collection

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yvette103111
The best music my x boyfriend and I ever danced to during cool fall nights by a bon fire
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I know they don't make music like this anymore an it brings back so many memories of when I was little..
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they dont make music like this anymore!!!!! ! ! !
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If you want to take me to school, take me to old school.
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love listening to the oldies always takes me back to so many good memories
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SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE IS A TRUE MUSICAL FORM I MISS
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go smokey i second that emotion
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Yes, if you got the notion for a lifetime, I second it.
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Yep Smokey Luv ya.. Lest go back!
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Oldies rule!!!!
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bobonnit i met someone who worked with the funk brothers and learned a lot i learned a lot including the fact that smokey is a class act - go smokey
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Take Smokey's lyrics, singing and the Funk Brothers playing the instruments and you have the receipe for some of the greatest music of the 60's. What do we have today ? Dopes like Kaye and Snoop Dog and other no talent losers.
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I love oldies! My favorite songs of smokeys is ohh baby baby and tracks of my tears.
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Love it
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Barry white
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that stevie wonder is wonderful
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07/29/15
I am in love with oldies songs.Simply love them.My favorite one cruising !!!!!
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Had the chance to see him in concert while going love his music damn this boy sing
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Wow this song takes me back to El Cariso Park en El Valle 818. Making out with my Hyna. Thinking we would be together. Oh have foolish and naive we are when you're a youngster. I guess I'm thankful for all that cause that's what made me the person I am.
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Smokey putting together love this
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destinyhill4 9
There will never ever be another Smokey Robinson always loved your music Thanks Smokey
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Love. You. Madly
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The best
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Oh. Yeah
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I third that emotion!
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dragonlady60 8 8
Omg memories
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ambersanchez 6 8
1 in a million salmon j
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The right one will be at your side! No matter what!!
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This is for you JAL!! They come and go!
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Love all Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
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JESUS LOVE'S YOU.
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I love everything he has written
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NOTHING BUT THE BEST, I LOVE THEM GOO OLD OLDIES
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BET &Smokey last night off tha chain.
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bellglenn3
Smokey crooner Emeritus
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knobbyknees4 2
Jackie Wilson
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mrmarcpaul
But dad... Its Smokey!
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Motown kick, might last all day today!!!!! Hell it's, been all my life.
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I love you Smokey❤
Great music a legend
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GreatSongtoh e a r w h e n y o u h a v e t h e b l u e s
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Baby lets cruise lets flow let's fly.
Ooooo just open up & go inside.
& if you want it you got it forever
I could just stay here inside you & love you baby.
Sex music
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06/14/15
I love his sexy voice !!!!!!
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No one but no one makes beautiful music like this today
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Luv
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viva El smokie eh!
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becca5637
Ooooo Baby I Love this Jam!! F**k Yeaa!! :)
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This one is for you "BABY BABY JAL" this one is for you THINGS WILL WORK OUT FOR YOU!!!!!!
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On
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Listen to my Station. Billy Stewart remembered, I have posted the best ELA oldies, ENJOY !!!!!!!!!!!
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rogluv8371 I luv old school music I'm 45 it's relaxing to me
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