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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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Selected Discography

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Track List: Ooo Baby Baby: The Anthology

Disc 1

1. Got A Job

2. Bad Girl

3. Way Over There

4. (You Can) Depend On Me

5. Who's Lovin' You

6. Shop Around

7. Ain't It Baby

8. Mighty Good Lovin'

9. Everybody's Gotta Pay Some Dues

10. What's So Good About Goodbye

11. I'll Try Something New

12. You've Really Got A Hold On Me

13. A Love She Can Count On

14. I Can Take A Hint

15. I've Been Good To You (Live)

16. Mickey's Monkey

17. Whatever Makes You Happy

18. I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying

19. (You Can't Let The Boy Overpower) The Man In You

20. I Like It Like That

21. That's What Love Is Made Of

22. Would I Love You

23. Come On Do The Jerk

24. Baby Don't You Go

25. Ooo Baby Baby

26. The Tracks Of My Tears

27. My Girl Has Gone

Disc 2

1. Going To A Go-Go

2. Choosey Beggar

3. Whole Lot Of Shakin' In My Heart (Since I Met You)

4. (Come 'Round Here) I'm The One You Need

5. The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage

6. More Love

7. I Second That Emotion

8. If You Can Want

9. Yester Love

10. Special Occasion

11. Give Her Up

12. Baby, Baby Don't Cry

13. Doggone Right

14. Here I Go Again

15. Abraham, Martin And John

16. Point It Out

17. Darling Dear

18. Who's Gonna Take The Blame

19. The Tears Of A Clown

20. I Don't Blame You At All

21. Crazy About The La La La

22. Satisfaction

23. When Sundown Comes

24. We've Come Too Far To End It Now

25. I Can't Stand To See You Cry

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Track List: Going To A Go-Go / Away We A-Go-Go

1. The Tracks Of My Tears

2. Going To A Go-Go

3. Ooo Baby Baby

4. My Girl Has Gone

5. In Case You Need Love

6. Choosey Beggar

7. Since You Won My Heart

8. From Head To Toe

9. All That's Good

10. My Baby Changes Like The Weather

11. Let Me Have Some

12. A Fork In The Road

13. Whole Lot Of Shakin' In My Heart (Since I Met You)

14. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

15. (Come 'Round Here) I'm The One You Need

16. Save Me

17. Oh Be My Love

18. Can You Love A Poor Boy

19. Beauty Is Only Skin Deep

20. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself

21. Baby Baby

22. Walk On By

23. Swept For You Baby

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Track List: The Ultimate Collection

1. Going To A Go-Go

2. I Second That Emotion

3. Shop Around

5. Bad Girl

7. I'll Try Something New

8. You've Really Got A Hold On Me

9. Mickey's Monkey

10. I Like It Like That

11. Ooo Baby Baby

12. Choosey Beggar

13. My Girl Has Gone

14. The Tears Of A Clown

15. Baby, Baby Don't Cry

16. Tracks Of My Tears

17. The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage

19. More Love

20. Special Occasion

21. If You Can Want

22. Yester Love

23. We've Come Too Far To End It Now

24. What's So Good About Goodbye

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Track List: The 35th Anniversary Collection

Disc 1

1. Got A Job

2. I Cry

3. Bad Girl

4. All I Want Is You

5. It

6. Way Over There

7. The Feeling Is So Fine

8. (You Can) Depend On Me

9. Shop Around (Original Detroit Version)

10. Who's Lovin' You

11. Shop Around

12. After All

13. Ain't It Baby

14. Mighty Good Lovin'

15. Broken Hearted

16. Everybody's Gotta Pay Some Dues

17. That's The Way I Feel

18. Determination

19. I Had To Cry

20. What's So Good About Goodbye

21. I've Been Good To You

22. I'll Try Something New

23. You Never Miss A Good Thing

24. If Your Mother Only Knew

25. He Don't Care About Me

26. A Love That Can Never Be

Disc 2

1. You've Really Got A Hold On Me

2. Happy Landing

3. Father Dear

4. A Love She Can Count On

5. Mickey's Monkey

6. Whatever Makes You Happy

7. The Day You Take One (You Have To Take The Other)

8. I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying

9. (You Can't Let The Boy Overpower) The Man In You

10. Heartbreak Road

11. Show Me You Can Dance

12. I Like It Like That

13. You're So Fine And Sweet

14. That's What Love Is Made Of

15. Baby Don't You Go

16. Ooo Baby Baby

17. All That's Good

18. The Tracks Of My Tears

19. A Fork In The Road

20. My Girl Has Gone

21. Going To A Go-Go

22. Choosey Beggar

23. I'm Stuck On You

24. Whole Lot Of Shakin' In My Heart (Since I Met You)

25. Oh Be My Love

Disc 3

1. (Come 'Round Here) I'm The One You Need

2. My Business, Your Pleasure

3. Save Me

4. It's A Good Feeling

5. The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage

6. Come Spy With Me

7. My Love For You

8. More Love

9. After You Put Back The Pieces (I'll Still Have A Broken Heart)

10. I Second That Emotion

11. You Must Be Love

12. I Care About Detroit

13. If You Can Want

14. When The Words From Your Heart Get Caught Up In Your Throat

15. Yester Love

16. You Only Build Me Up To Tear Me Down

17. Special Occasion

18. Baby, Baby Don't Cry

19. Doggone Right

20. The Composer

21. Here I Go Again

22. Once I Got To Know You (Couldn't Help But Love You)

23. Abraham, Martin And John

24. What Love Has Joined Together

Disc 4

1. Point It Out

2. Who's Gonna Take The Blame

3. I Gotta Thing For You

4. The Tears Of A Clown

5. Promise Me

6. I Don't Blame You At All

7. There's A Sad Story Here

8. Crazy About The La La La

9. Satisfaction

10. We've Come Too Far To End It Now

11. I Can't Stand To See You Cry

12. Here I Go Again (Live)

13. Sweet Harmony

14. Don't Let It End ('Til You Let It Begin)

15. Do It Baby

16. Don't Cha Love It

17. Quiet Storm

18. Love Machine (Pt.1)

19. Cruisin'

20. Being With You

21. Just To See Her

22. One Heartbeat

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Track List: Whatever Makes You Happy

3. Whatever Makes You Happy

6. From Head To Toe

7. More More More Of Your Love

9. Beauty Is Only Skin Deep

10. Don't Think It's Me

11. Dancing's Alright

12. You Only Build Me Up To Tear Me Down

13. I'll Take You Any Way That You Come

14. My World Is Empty Without You

15. Dreams Dreams

16. Backfire

17. Flower Girl

18. Faces

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Best music ever will last forever
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Love this old school stuff
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Thé Miracles early recordings are legendary.
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of ur life. Tomorrow will be the best day of ur life. Now that u have started reading, don't stop. But if u read this and ignore it you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 mins. When ur done press the space bar on ur screen and ur crushes name will appear in big bold letters. This is so freaky it actually works
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I am crying for you my baby. Lost you on 3/9/16. Missing you like crazy... your gone but not forgotten. Love you sooo much ... being your 2 month of beening gone it looks like a minute ago you left me.RIP MY LOVE:(:'(
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Just a cool track, cool music to follow!
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I agree with ms Wallace GROWN FOLKS MUSIC
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Grown folks music......
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I mom
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Strait out. G"angster
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Oh how happy we'll be!
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I LOVE PANDORA TO MY FAVORITES MOWTOWN
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good morning my love i m at jiffymart right now going over to next step at 11am for iceçream will be back afterwords thought of you all night
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Love this song Smokey is arguably one of the best if not the best
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Love this channel! Great job!!
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PRICELESS
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Love Pandora
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OMG Smokey at his best
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Love Pandora and Thank You for Good Music!!!!!!
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ONE OF MY FAVES......S M O K E Y
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Loove it
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So many of the great ones are gone - but Smokey is still here thank god
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Thank You Smokey.. For all the music you made for us.. Love you.. Cheers
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This is music from the sixties beatiful
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Thank You Smokey!!!Thi s is Music. ..
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Suppoly..... . . . . . .
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Love this song
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Oldies are here to stay;-)
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A special feeling when we were hot romantic guys and gals huh?
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Dan remember when I first heard this Rola it was back in 1985. I was at a ditching party with my Homies in the 818. So many memories!!
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Man This Oldies Take Me Way Back...
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Beautiful voice
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Wow!!!! Quarter parties!!!!!
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The best
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Here I go again ... Love this oldie .... This is for the special someone in my life ...
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This wonderful artist is number one and the miracles are my top group's for ever. Go Oldie's Station love it.
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Party over here that the jam
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Part over Here that the jam
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Love this song.
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good music
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I think we have all been there!!
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❤❤❤ It!!#
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Tonight baby U and I
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Say it smokey
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