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The Miracles

Scoring over 40 hits on 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 its name to the Matadors and in 1956 Claudette Rogers joined the band after her brother Sonny was drafted. The Matadors auditioned for Jackie Wilson's manager, Nat Tarnopol, in 1956. Although Tarnopol wasn't interested, finding the group too similar to the Platters, one of Wilson's songwriters, Berry Gordy, Jr., was and he soon began producing the band, who now went by the name the Miracles. Gordy produced their first single, "Got a Job" (an answer to the Silhouettes' "Get a Job"), which was issued by the New York 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." Robinson and Claudette Rogers were 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). Robinson left the group to pursue a solo career in 1972 and 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 Robinson, 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, 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. Griffin pursued a solo career and Moore became a record producer in Detroit. In the late '80s, Bobby Rogers started the New Miracles, and in 1990 the Miracles (including 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: Renaissance / Do It Baby

1. What Is A Heart Good For

2. If You're Ever In The Neighborhood

3. I Wanna Be With You

4. Wigs And Lashes

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

7. I Don't Need No Reason

8. Nowhere To Go

9. I Didn't Realize The Show Was Over

10. Do It Baby

11. Up Again

12. Where Are You Going To My Love

13. What Is A Heart Good For

14. You Are Love

15. Give Me Just Another Day

16. We Feel The Same

17. Calling Out Your Name

18. A Foolish Thing To Say

19. Can't Get Ready For Losing You

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Track List: Colony Collapse

1. On The Mountain

2. Pioneers

3. Little Hearts

4. Embedded

5. Born To Fight

6. Two Of A Kind

7. Tongues

8. Hunting Without Heads

9. Self-Replica

10. Spells

11. Out Of Service

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Track List: Ovum

1. Trackless

2. Taking Off Masks

3. From Clouds

4. False Castles

5. Voice In The Dark

6. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

7. 15 Drops

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Track List: Quarantine

1. Quarantine

2. Tripwire

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I used to hear my aunts talk about you they loved you
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Love you
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Sambo true love of his heart �� for the children of Abraham Isaac and Jacob amen
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BOY OH BOY, I LOVE ME SOME SMOKEY AND THE MIRACLES, these are the songs that really makes the heart grow fonder.
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now youve started reading this dont stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 mins. When you are done press the spacebar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works.
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This kind of music would improve the quality of life all around the world! IMAGINE IF IT WENT VIRAL!!
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smokey bill,,,lots of car memories with his singing
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How music has changed... This generation is clueless... They don't know what (good) music is... I live for my oldies but goodies! 100
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Mr. Smokey Robinson...s m o o t h i e s t crooner of Motown...I said you really got a hold on me...squeeze . . . t i g h t e r . . . . . l o v e this song, my favorite by Smokey.
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Lol
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josejperez19 7 1
Firme rola.
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i dont like you but i love you he he yep
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maybe we should make motown mandatory on capitol Hill - can you imagine what would happen if those arrogant twits were forced to listen to sam marvin and smokey - maybe this country would improve
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Motown YEAHHH BABY YOU REALLY GOT A HOLD ON ME
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azelko2001
I LOVE MOTOWN !
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Lucky you!
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Just last week, I had the absolutely fabulous experience of standing in Motown's Studio A, where these songs were recorded. The microphones, the wiring that delivered all of this talent to the masters still hang from the ceiling, covered in Motown's DNA. It is an awesome experience. Go to the Motown Museum in Detroit. It is unbelievable .
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Good song
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Marvin. Gaye. Was. A. Class act!!! Another. Sad. Act. Of. A. Gun. Took. Him from. Us! I. Also. Think. The. Foundations. Were. Cool!
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A hold on me miles away how you do that no other couldn't capture me.
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smkey is the best and still gimg - he is a class act and i know that from people who have met him - i wish i could i would love to talk to him
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Missonary grateful
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Smooth, clean. Moves nice. Classic!
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If you live in VEGAS, Try a short engagement at the ALBERTSON STORE ON WEST CHARLESTON(1 0 , 0 0 0 block) they need your spark to bring in shoppers.... luv you!!!!$$
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Awesomeness
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I know this song is great!
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Love this song!!!!
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All I can say but this music
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LOVE THIS SONG FEEL LIKE IT FRIDAY
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Great Song!
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Love
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That was good
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Sweet
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It can if I am second 2None
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Sweet
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Sweet music
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Music was made for love
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The best music made. the 50's, 60's, and 70's
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SMOKEY IS THE MAN!!!!
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I love you madley
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Good
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dragonlady60 8 8
Smokey...loo k i n good
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The best...motow n . . . . ! ! ! Xoxo
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I love you madly
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just ♥'n you in in my short crusin' t v antennas O G b 14's white walls
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Hold me, u realy got a hold on me####*,*
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I don't want you, but i need you! *,*
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Im might be 14 but these oldies are the only thing i like
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The song is the stuff
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LOVE THEM OLDIES
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