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Robert Fontenot

The Miracles' Bobby Rogers dies at 73

By March 3, 2013

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Bobby Rogers, the other, lower tenor backing up Smokey Robinson in the Miracles, has passed away at the age of 73 after what a family spokesperson describes only as "a long illness." Visually identifiable as the tallest member of Motown's cornerstone singing group, singing from behind his trademark horn-rimmed glasses, Rogers was a mainstay of the group for its entire run, sticking with them after Robinson left in the mid-70s. "Another soldier in my life has fallen," Smokey has told CNN, noting that the two were born in the same Detroit hospital on the same day. Robinson and Warren "Pete" Moore are now the only surviving original members of the quartet, noted for classic hits including "Shop Around," "The Tears of a Clown," and "The Tracks of My Tears."

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