Coming Soon! "It Took a Miracle" written by Warren Pete Moore. The story of The Miracles (also known as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles from 1965 to 1972) an American rhythm and blues group. The first successful recording act for Berry Gordy's Motown, and one of the most important and influential groups in pop, rock and roll, and R&B music history. Formed in 1955 by Smokey Robinson, Warren "Pete" Moore, and Ronnie White, the group started off as the Five Chimes, changing their name to the Matadors two years later. The group then settled on the Miracles after the inclusion of Claudette Robinson in 1958.
The most notable Miracles line-up included the Robinsons, Moore, White, Bobby Rogers and Marv Tarplin. After a failed audition with Brunswick Records, the group began working with songwriter Berry Gordy, who helped to produce their first records for the End and Chess labels before establishing Tamla Records in 1959 and signing the Miracles as its first act. The group eventually scored the label's first million-selling hit record with "Shop Around" in 1960 and further established themselves as one of Motown's top acts with the hit singles:
Referred to as Motown's "Soul Supergroup", the Miracles recorded 26 Top 40 hits, 16 of which reached the Billboard Top 20, 7 top 10 singles, and a number 1 single , "The Tears of a Clown" while the Robinsons and Tarplin were members. After the departure of Tarplin and the Robinsons, the remaining group members continued with singer Billy Griffin and scored two final top 20 singles, "Do It Baby" and "Love Machine", a second # 1 hit,which topped the charts before the group departed for Columbia Records in 1977, recording as a quintet with Donald Griffin, where after a few releases, they disbanded in 1978. The group had over fifty charted hits by the time they disbanded. On the R&B charts, The Miracles scored 26 Top 10 Billboard R&B hits, with 4 R&B # 1's. Bobby Rogers and Ronald White revived the group as a touring ensemble sporadically during the 1980s and again in the 1990s with lead singer Sydney Justin. Following White's death in 1995, Rogers and Justin continued to tour with different members until he retired due to health issues in 2011, dying less than two years later.
In 1997, the group received the Pioneer Award at the Rhythm and Blues Foundation for their musical achievements.Four years later, In 2001, they were inducted to the Vocal Group Hall of Fame .In 2004, they were ranked thirty-two on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, retaining the same position seven years later, in 2011. Four of their hit songs were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
In 2009, the The Miracles received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Throughout their careers, the Miracles were also enshrined with honors for their songwriting by both BMI and ASCAP. In 2008, Billboard listed them at #61 on their 100 most successful Billboard artists ever list. The Miracles were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.