The Miracles

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The Miracles (also known as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles from 1965 to 1972) were an American rhythm and blues group that was the first successful recording act for Berry Gordy's Motown Records, and one of the most important and influential groups in pop, rock and roll, and R&B music history. Formed in 1955 by Smokey Robinson, Warren "Pete" Moore, and Ronnie White, the group started off as the Five Chimes, changing their name to the Matadors two years later. The group then settled on the Miracles after the inclusion of Claudette Robinson in 1958. The most notable Miracles line-up included the Robinsons, Moore, White, Bobby Rogers and Marv Tarplin. After a failed audition with Brunswick Records, the group began working with songwriter Berry Gordy, who helped to produce their first records for the End and Chess labels before establishing Tamla Records in 1959 and signing the Miracles as its first act. The group eventually scored the label's first million-selling hit record with "Shop Around" in 1960 and further established themselves as one of Motown's top acts with the hit singles "You've Really Got a Hold on Me", "What's So Good About Goodbye", "Way Over There", "I'll Try Something New", "Mickey's Monkey", "Going to a Go-Go", "(Come 'Round Here) I'm the One You Need", "Just A Mirage", "If You Can Want", "More Love", "I Don't Blame You At All", "Ooo Baby Baby", the multi-award-winning "The Tracks of My Tears", "Special Occasion", "I Second That Emotion", "Baby Baby Don't Cry", the number-one Pop smashes "The Tears of a Clown" and "Love Machine", "Do It Baby" , and "My Girl Has Gone".

Referred to as Motown's "soul supergroup", the Miracles recorded 26 Top 40 hits, sixteen of which reached the Billboard Top 20,seven top 10 singles, and a number one single ("The Tears of a Clown") while the Robinsons and Tarplin were members. Following the departure of Tarplin and the Robinsons, the rest of the group continued with singer Billy Griffin and scored two final top 20 singles, "Do It Baby" and "Love Machine", a second # 1 hit,which topped the charts before the group departed for Columbia Records in 1977, recording as a quintet with Donald Griffin, where after a few releases, they disbanded in 1978. In all, the group had over fifty charted hits by the time they disbanded. On the R&B charts, The Miracles scored 26 Top 10 Billboard R&B hits, with 4 R&B # 1's. Bobby Rogers and Ronald White revived the group as a touring ensemble sporadically during the 1980s and again in the 1990s with lead singer Sydney Justin. Following White's death in 1995, Rogers and Justin continued to tour with different members until he was forced into retirement due to health issues in 2011, dying less than two years later.

The Miracles have been awarded many top music industry honors over the years. In 1997, the group received the Pioneer Award at the Rhythm and Blues Foundation for their musical achievements. Four years later, in 2001, they were inducted to the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. In 2004, they were ranked thirty-two on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, retaining that same position seven years later, in 2011. Four of their hit songs were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2009, the group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Throughout their careers, the Miracles were also enshrined with honors for their songwriting by both BMI and ASCAP. In 2008, Billboard listed them at #61 on their 100 most successful Billboard artists ever list. After much controversy, the Miracles were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

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Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1961 Hi... We're The Miracles The Miracles 1
1962 I'll Try Something New The Miracles 1
1963 The Fabulous Miracles The Miracles 1
1963 Christmas With the Miracles The Miracles 1
1963 The Miracles Doin' Mickey's Monkey The Miracles 1
1966 Away We a Go-Go Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
1966 Going to a Go-Go Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
1967 Make It Happen Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
1968 Special Occasion Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
1969 Time Out for Smokey Robinson & The Miracles Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
1969 Four in Blue Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
1970 The Tears of a Clown Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 2
1970 What Love Has... Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
1971 One Dozen Roses Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
1972 Flying High Together The Miracles 1
1974 Do It Baby The Miracles 1
1975 City of Angels The Miracles 2
1975 Don't Cha Love It The Miracles 1
1976 The Power of Music The Miracles 1
1977 Love Crazy The Miracles 1
1986 Going to a Go-Go / The Tears of a Clown Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
1994 Cookin with the Miracles The Miracles 1
2001 Make It Happen Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
2005 Christmas With the Miracles The Miracles 1
2012 Renaissance & Do It Baby The Miracles 1
Christmas With The Miracles The Miracles 1
Collection The Miracles 1
Going to a Go-Go / Away We A-Go-Go Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
HI We're The Miracles The Miracles 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1965 Greatest Hits From the Beginning The Miracles 1
1977 Greatest Hits The Miracles 1
1986 Compact Command Performances: 22 Greatest Hits, Volume II Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
1990 Classic Smokey Robinson and The Miracles Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 2
1990 Anthology Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
1992 The Greatest Hits Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 4
1993 Tears of a Clown Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
1994 The 35th Anniversary Collection Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
1994 The Tracks of My Tears Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
1995 The Best of Smokey Robinson & The Miracles Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
1996 Early Classics: Smokey Robinson & The Miracles Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
1997 The Tracks of My Tears Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
1998 The Ultimate Collection Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 2
1999 Motown Lost & Found: Along Came Love: 1958-1964 Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
1999 Our Very Best Christmas Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
1999 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Smokey Robinson & The Miracles Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
2002 Ooo Baby Baby: The Anthology Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
2003 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection: The Best of Smokey Robinson & The Miracles Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
2006 Gold Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
2007 The Silver Collection Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
2008 The Definitive Collection Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1

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