Bobby Rogers, an original member of the Motown group the Miracles, who collaborated with lead vocalist and songwriter
His death was confirmed by Motown Museum board member Allen Rawls. The cause of death was not disclosed, but Rogers had been in poor health for several years.
The group known for such hits as "Shop Around," "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" and "The Tracks of My Tears" was formed in 1956 by Rogers, Robinson, Claudette Rogers, Pete Moore and Ronnie White.
Rogers shared songwriting credits with Robinson on
"Another soldier in my life has fallen. Bobby Rogers was my brother and a really good friend," Robinson said in a statement. Sunday. "I am really going to miss him. I loved him very much."
Rogers had something in common with Robinson long before the two ever met. They were born the same day — Feb. 19, 1940 — in the same Detroit hospital.
At 15, Rogers joined Robinson's group the Matadors. When it signed with
Rogers stayed with the group when Robinson left in the early 1970s to develop a solo career and helped line up William "Bill" Griffin to replace him. The group had a few more hits, including "Do It Baby" and "Love Machine," before disbanding in the late 1970s. Rogers revived the group with new members in the 1980s and '90s. He was touring with the group in recent years.
His voice can be heard on
"If people want to remember him, they should put that record on and listen to Bobby," Wilson told the
Rogers and the Miracles were inducted into the