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The Miracles Timeline

1939

Ronnie White, baritone singer with the Miracles, is born in Detroit.

1939

Warren “Pete” Moore, bass singer for the Miracles, is born in Detroit.

1940

William “Smokey” Robinson and Bobby Rogers - lead singer and tenor voice for the Miracles, respectively – are born in the same Detroit hospital on the same day.

1941

Marvin Tarplin, guitarist for the Miracles, is born in Detroit.

1942

Vocalist Claudette Rogers Robinson, the only female in the Miracles, is born in Detroit.

1955

Smokey Robinson forms the Five Chimes at Detroit's Northern High School. They will rename themselves the Matadors.

1957

After the addition of Claudette Rogers, the Matadors change their name to the Miracles.

1958

“Get a Job,” the first single by the Miracles, is released as Smokey Robinson turns 18. The single, issued on the End label, fails to chart.

1959

“Bad Girl,” by the Miracles, enters Billboard’s pop chart, where it will peak at #93. Released on Chess Records, it is the group’s first single to make the national chart.

1959

Smokey Robinson marries Claudette Rogers. The marriage will last 27 years and produce two children, Berry and Tamla.

1960

“Shop Around,” credited to “The Miracles (featuring Bill “Smokey” Robinson)," is released. It is the first hit for Berry Gordy’s Tamla label, topping the R&B chart for eight weeks.

1961

Hi We’re the Miracles, the first album by the group, is released.

1962

The first “Motortown Revue” tour, featuring the Miracles and other early Motown acts – including Mary Wells, the Marvelettes and Marv Johnson - opens in Boston.

1962

“You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me,” by the Miracles, enters R&B chart, where it will become their second Number One R&B hit.

1965

“My Girl,” written by Smokey Robinson and Ronnie White of the Miracles, becomes a #1 hit for the Temptations.

1965

Going to a Go-Go, by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, is released. It reaches #8 and yields four hits: “Ooo Baby Baby,” “The Tracks of My Tears,” “My Girl Has Gone,” and “Going to A Go-Go.”

1967

With the release of “The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage,” the Miracles’ records are henceforth credited to Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. The single will peak at #20.

1968

Greatest Hits, Vol.2, by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, reaches #7. It will be the highest-charting album of the group’s career.

1970

“The Tears of a Clown,” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, reaches Number One for the first of two weeks on the pop chart and tops the R&B chart for three weeks.

1972

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles’ concerts at Washington’s Carter Barron Amphitheater are recorded for the album 1957-1972, which ends Robinson’s association with the band. He is replaced by Billy Griffin.

1972

Smokey Robinson’s final single with the Miracles, “I Can’t Stand to See You Cry,” is released.

1973

Renaissance, the Miracles’ first album without Smokey Robinson, enters the album chart.

1974

“Do It Baby,” by the Miracles, enters the charts, where it will reach #4 R&B and #13 pop.

1974

“Don’t Cha Love It,” by the Miracles, enters the charts, where it will become their second consecutive Top Five R&B hit.

1976

“Love Machine,” by the Miracles, reaches Number One on the pop chart and #5 on the album chart.

1976

The Power of Music, by the Miracles, enters the album chart. It is the group’s final album for Motown’s Tamla label.

1983

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles reunite for Motown 25, a TV special commemorating Motown’s first quarter century.

1987

Smokey Robinson is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the second annual induction dinner. Daryl Hall and John Oates are his presenters.

1994

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles: The 35th Anniversary Compilation, a four-CD box set, is released.

1995

Ronnie White of the Miracles dies of leukemia. He is 56 years old.

1997

Smokey Robinson reunites with the Miracles, where they receive the Pioneer Award at the eighth annual Rhythm and Blues Foundation award ceremony in New York.

1999

Smokey Robinson receives a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 41st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

2011

Marv Tarplin, guitarist for the Miracles dies of undetermined causes at his home in Las Vegas. He is 70 years old.

2012

The Miracles are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 27th annual induction dinner. Smokey Robinson is their presenter.