Bobby Rogers, a founding member of The Miracles, passed away on Sunday after a long illness. He was 73.
Rogers shared lead vocal on “You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me” which was later covered by The Beatles. Rogers also co-wrote “Going to a Go-Go” as well as the Temptations first big hit “The Way You Do The Things You Do” with Smokey Robinson. His voice could also be heard saying, “It’s just a groovy party, man, I can dig it,” on Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”.
In 2012, Rogers along with fellow Miracles Claudette Rogers, Pete Moore, Ronnie White and guitarist Marv Tarplin were inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. This came 25 years after Smokey Robinson was inducted. Their exclusion was considered a significant oversight.
Here is a rare interview Rogers did in 2010 in front of Hitsville U.S.A., the original headquarters of Motown.