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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Songwriter
Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Ribs
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
California
Favorite Quote:
It Is All Good.

Birthplace

Born:
2/19/1940
Birth Location:
Detroit, Michigan

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Songwriter
Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Ribs
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
California
Favorite Quote:
It Is All Good.

Birthplace

Born:
2/19/1940
Birth Location:
Detroit
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Biography

Bobby Rogers, a second tenor with The Miracles, was born on February 19, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan. Coincidentally, he was born on the same day and in the same hospital as Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson. At the age of fifteen, Rogers joined Robinson’s group, The Matadors, with his cousin, Claudette Rogers. In 1959, he, along with Robinson, Rogers, Ronald White and Pete Moore, joined Berry Gordy’s new Motown label, with the new name, The Miracles.

Aside from being a key background vocalist, Rogers helped write several songs for both The Miracles and other Motown acts. These include “The Way You Do The Thing You Do,” by The Temptations, and The Miracles own hit, “Going to A Go-Go.” After Smokey Robinson’s departure in 1972, Rogers stayed with the group, helping to recruit new lead singer Billy Griffin. With Griffin, the Miracles recorded three additional hits, notably 1975’s “Love Machine.” It is Rogers who offers the song’s signature deep growls. After Griffin and Moore departed, Rogers kept The Miracles brand alive, by adding various new members to the lineup.

In 1983, Rogers joined Robinson and other band mates for the Motown’s 25th anniversary special. He, Robinson, and the rest of the Miracles were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001. The Miracles received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in 2009. Rogers passed away on March 3, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Bobby Rogers lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Bobby Rogers describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Bobby Rogers describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Bobby Rogers describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Bobby Rogers lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Bobby Rogers describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Bobby Rogers describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Bobby Rogers remembers his neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Bobby Rogers remembers listening to his father play the guitar
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Bobby Rogers remembers his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Bobby Rogers recalls his childhood in Detroit, Michigan's Black Bottom neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Bobby Rogers describes his early interest in music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Bobby Rogers remembers meeting Smokey Robinson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Bobby Rogers remembers meeting the members of The Miracles
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Bobby Rogers describes how he joined The Miracles
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Bobby Rogers talks about The Miracles' first song, 'Got A Job'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Bobby Rogers talks about The Miracles' song, 'Bad Girl'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Bobby Rogers recalls his experiences at Chess Records
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Bobby Rogers talks about The Miracle's first hit, 'Shop Around'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Bobby Rogers describes his first car
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Bobby Rogers remembers writing 'First I Look at the Purse' with Smokey Robinson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Bobby Rogers reflects upon his rapport with his bandmates
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Bobby Rogers remembers the debut of The Miracles on 'American Bandstand'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Bobby Rogers remembers registering the name of The Miracles
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Bobby Rogers recalls his experiences on the European Motortown Revue tour
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Bobby Rogers recalls the songwriters at Motown Records
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Bobby Rogers talks about contemporary African American music
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Bobby Rogers reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Bobby Rogers reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Bobby Rogers talks about his family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Bobby Rogers describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Bobby Rogers reflects upon his success