The Miracles Main Man Dead At 73

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March 3, 2013 | 6:26pm EST

Bobby Rogers, the founder of Smokey Robinson’s backing band The Miracles, has died, aged 73.
The soul man died at his home in Michigan on Sunday morning, following a lengthy illness.
Rogers founded The Miracles in 1956 with Pete Moore, Ronnie White, Robinson and his cousin Claudette Rogers.
He scored a string of Motown hits with the band, including I Second That Emotion and The Tears of a Clown.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of The Miracles last year.
Rogers also co-wrote hits for The Temptations with Robinson.