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Bobby Rogers, founding member of The Miracles, dies

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- Bobby Rogers, a founding member of Motown group The Miracles and a songwriting collaborator with Smokey Robinson, died yesterday at his suburban Detroit home. He was 73.

Motown Museum board member Allen Rawls said Rogers died about 6 a.m. in Southfield. Rogers had been ill for several years.

Rogers formed the group in 1956 with cousin Claudette Rogers Robinson, Pete Moore, Ronnie White and Robinson. Their hits included "Shop Around," "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," "The Tracks of My Tears," "Going to a Go-Go," "I Second That Emotion" and "The Tears of a Clown."

The Miracles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 but Rogers was too ill to attend.

He shared songwriting credits with Robinson on The Temptations' "The Way You Do the Things You Do," The Contours' "First I Look at the Purse" and The Miracles' "Going to a Go-Go." -- AP

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