Along with Robinson, Claudette Rogers, Pete Moore, and Ronnie White, Bobby Rogers started Smokey Robinson & the Miracles in 1956. They had a string of hits including “Shop Around,” The Tracks of My Tears,” and “I Second That Emotion.” rogers also shared songwriting credit with Smokey Robinson on hits like the Temptations’ “The Way You Do The Things You Do” and The Contours’ “First I look At The Purse.”
Smokey Robinson released a statement, “Another soldier in my life has fallen. Bobby Rogers was my brother and a really good friend. He and I were born on the exact same day in the same hospital in Detroit. I am really going to miss him. I loved him very much.”
Bobby Rogers had been battling health issues for quite a while. He was noticeable absent when the group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. his cousin and group member Claudette Rogers said people loved Bobby because of his shining personality. “People always commented on the tall one with the glasses. He was personable, approachable and he loved talking to the women, loved talking to the guys, loved to dance, loved to sing, loved to perform. That was the joy of his life.”
Rest in peace Bobby Rogers!
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