Bobby Rogers, a singer-songwriter who was a founding member of the Motown group the Miracles, has died at 73. Rogers died early Sunday morning in Detroit after a long illness, according to the Associated Press.
As a songwriter, Rogers worked frequently with Smokey Robinson, and the two co-founded the Miracles in 1955 along with three other partners — Claudette Rogers, a cousin of Rogers; Pete Moore; and Ronnie White. The group’s hits included “The Tears of a Clown,” “I Second That Emotion” and “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me.”
The Miracles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, but Rogers was reportedly too ill to attend. He attended when the group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2009.
Rogers collaborated with Robinson to write the Temptations’ hit “The Way You Do the Things You Do” and the Contours’ “First I Look at the Purse.” For the Miracles, he co-wrote “Going to a Go-Go.”
The Miracles broke up in the 1970s, a few years after Robinson’s decision to go single.
Robert Rogers was born in 1940 and was a native of Detroit. Information on survivors was not immediately available.