Bobby Rogers, a Motown icon who co-founded The Miracles along with Smokey Robinson, passed away yesterday in suburban Detroit. He was 73 years old.
Family members confirmed the death and said it took place after a long battle with an undisclosed illness.
Roger was the tenor in a beloved group that included Robinson on lead vocals. It was one of the first groups signed to Tamla Records and it recorded Motown’s first million-selling hit track, “Shop Around.”
Later dubbed “Smokey Robinson & the Miracles,” the quintet went on to release 30 singles that ranked in the Top 40.
Rogers was inducted with other members of the Miracles into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
Said Claudette Rogers in a statement to The Detroit Free Press:
“My cousin, Robert ‘Bobby’ Rogers, who was like a brother to me, lost his battle and succumbed. He had a sparkling personality that was loved by everyone. People always commented on the tall one with the glasses.”
Our thoughts go out to Bobby’s loved ones.