The Miracles Biography

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Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Years Active: 1955–1983, 1993–present
Genres: R&B, Soul


The Miracles (known from 1965 to 1972 as Smokey Robinson & The Miracles) are an American rhythm and blues group from Detroit, Michigan, notable as the first successful group act for Berry Gordy's Motown Record Corporation.

Their 1960 single "Shop Around" was Motown's first million-selling hit record, and the group went on to become one of Motown's signature acts of the 1960s. During the same period, the Miracles' original lead singer and founding member Smokey Robinson became one of the most successful songwriters and record producers of all time.

During their 19 year run on the American music charts, The Miracles charted over 50 hits and recorded in the genres of doo-wop, soul, disco, and R&B. Twenty-six Miracles songs reached the Top 10 of the Billboard R&B singles chart, including four R&B #1 hits. Sixteen of the Miracles' songs charted within the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100, with seven songs charting within the Top 10 and two – 1970's “The Tears of a Clown” and 1975's “Love Machine (Part 1)” – reaching #1.

The Miracles are multiple Grammy Hall of Fame inductees, Vocal Group Hall of Fame and Doo-Wop Hall of Fame inductees, winners of The Rhythm and Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award, multiple BMI Songwriter's Award winners, winners of the ASCAP Award Of Merit, and have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. After not being recognized for 26 years, The Miracles were finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. The Miracles' original members, Claudette Rogers Robinson, Bobby Rogers, Ronnie White, Marv Tarplin, and Pete Moore were retroactively and automatically inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame without the need for nomination and voting, under the premise that the entire group should have been inducted with Smokey Robinson back in 1987.




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