Robert E. “Bobby” Rogers, one of the founding members of the legendary Miracles, died Sunday morning, March 3. He was 73.
Family members said the cause of death was complications from diabetes.
“My cousin Bobby, who was like a brother to me, lost his battle and succumbed today," Claudette Rogers, spokesperson for the Motown group the Miracles said in a statment on Sunday. "He has gone on to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Bobby will be missed and mourned by many.”
Rogers has been a member of the Miracles, the first act signed and the first million selling act at Motown Records, since their founding in 1956.
The 1960 single "Shop Around" was Motown's first number one hit on the R&B singles chart and the first big hit for The Miracles. The song was also Motown's first million selling hit single. The Miracles scored many more hits over the years.
In 2009, the music of the Miracles was celebrated by a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame followed by their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
Rogers is survived by his wife Joan Rogers and children Bobbae Rogers, Gina Hughes, Kimberly Hughes, and Robert Rogers III and his granddaughter Brandi Williams of the R&B singing group Blaque. Daughter Robin Yopp is deceased.
In the 1960s Rogers was married to Wanda Young lead singer of the Marvelettes. The marriage ended in divorce.
Rogers was born on February 19, 1940 in Detroit at Herman Kiefer Hospital; the same day and same hospital as fellow Miracles member Smokey Robinson. Rogers is the second of the Miracles' founders to pass away; the group's Pete Moore died in 1995. Longtime guitarist Marv Tarplin, meanwhile, died in 2011.
Funeral arrangements for Rogers will be announced shortly.
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