(Please note: This covers The Miracles with Smokey Robinson and all releases with him as lead singer are credited to “Smokey Robinson & The Miracles”)
The Miracles were one of the first acts signed to the Motown label.
In 1955, Smokey Robinson formed the doo-wop group The Five Chimes with childhood friend Ronald White and classmate Pete Moore. They then became The Matadors in 1957, with Bobby Rogers and Claudette Rogers (Bobby’s cousin) joining. Guitarist Marv Tarplin joined them in 1958 and they then changed their name to The Miracles.
They failed an audition at Brunswick Records (the label Jackie Wilson was signed to) and met Berry Gordy. Berry helped them with their first releases until signing them to his new Tamla label which he had created in 1959.
Lead by Smokey Robinson, they enjoyed huge success throughout the 1960s, scoring many Pop Top 10 and Top 20 hits. Known as Motown’s “Soul Supergroup”, they were well received as live performers (making numerous TV appearances) and were also one of few Motown acts that composed their own songs.
They were billed as Smokey Robinson & The Miracles from around the mid-1960s, until Smokey Robinson (along with Marv Tarplin and Claudette Robinson, who had retired from live performances in 1964) left the group in 1972. Smokey then pursued a solo career and the group continued to record for Motown without him as The Miracles until 1977.
Marvellous Motown currently recommends six songs by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – click on the link above for our archive or click on a specific song below: