Happy Mun-dane folks! This week’s featured artists are Smokey Robinson & the Miracles.
Wiki: The Miracles (also known as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles from 1965) were an American rhythm and blues group that was the first successful recording act for Berry Gordy’s Motown Records. 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 lineup 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 record labels before establishing Tamla Records in 1959 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, “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me”, “Mickey’s Monkey”, “Going to a Go-Go”,”(Come ‘Round Here) I’m the One You Need”, “Just A Mirage”, “If You Can Want”, “More Love”, “I Don’t Blame You At All”, “Ooo Baby Baby”, “Tracks of My Tears”, “I Second That Emotion”, “Baby Baby Don’t Cry” The Tears of a Clown”,”Love Machine” and “My Girl Has Gone”.