** This is just a short biographical summary – for the full story, check out this artist’s reviews! **

Renaissance man Smokey Robinson would have a place in Motown history as a writer, producer, executive and talent scout even if he had never picked up a microphone, but with his group the Miracles he was also one of Motown’s most consistently popular recording artists of the Sixties as well.

The group, featuring Robinson and his wife Claudette, as well as friends Pete Moore, Bobby Rogers and Ronnie White, with guitarist Marv Tarplin rounding out the line-up, scored a crucial early hit for Motown in 1960 with Shop Around, and went on to land hits year on year with a steady stream of excellent singles and albums, Smokey all the while writing and producing for other acts at the same time.

Smokey tried to leave the group in the late 1960s but the unexpected success of a worldwide mega-hit single in The Tears Of A Clown in 1970 persuaded him to stay a couple more years. He finally left in 1972 to go solo; many observers expected the Miracles to break up in his absence, but instead Smokey’s replacement Billy Griffin found himself singing on another million-selling chart-topper, Love Machine (Part 1), in 1975. The Miracles eventually ceased to exist as a recording act in 1978, though several former members revived the name for sporadic touring activity through the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.

Review Archive: Smokey Robinson & the MIRACLES (1959-65)

We have 47 reviews for the Miracles currently available here on Motown Junkies – see our archive for more details, or click a link below:

  1. It (as “Ron & Bill”)
  2. Don’t Say Bye Bye (as “Ron & Bill”)
  3. Bad Girl
  4. I Love Your Baby
  5. The Feeling Is So Fine
  6. (You Can) Depend On Me (1st version)
  7. Way Over There
  8. (You Can) Depend On Me (2nd version)
  9. Shop Around
  10. Who’s Lovin’ You
  11. Ain’t It Baby
  12. The Only One I Love
  13. Broken Hearted
  14. Mighty Good Lovin’
  15. Everybody’s Gotta Pay Some Dues
  16. I Can’t Believe
  17. What’s So Good About Good Bye
  18. I’ve Been Good To You
  19. I’ll Try Something New
  20. You Never Miss A Good Thing
  21. If Your Mother Only Knew
  22. Happy Landing
  23. You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me
  24. A Love She Can Count On
  25. I Can Take A Hint
  26. Mickey’s Monkey
  27. Whatever Makes You Happy
  28. I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying
  29. Such Is Love, Such Is Life
  30. The Christmas Song
  31. Christmas Everyday
  32. (You Can’t Let The Boy Overpower) The Man In You
  33. Heartbreak Road
  34. I Like It Like That
  35. You’re So Fine And Sweet
  36. That’s What Love Is Made Of
  37. Would I Love You
  38. Come On Do The Jerk
  39. Baby Don’t You Go
  40. Ooo Baby Baby
  41. All That’s Good
  42. The Tracks Of My Tears
  43. A Fork In The Road
  44. My Girl Has Gone
  45. Since You Won My Heart
  46. Going To A Go-Go
  47. Choosey Beggar

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