Singer passes away after lengthy illness

Bobby Rogers, a founder member of Motown group The Miracles, has died aged 73.

Rogers died at his home in Southfield, Michigan on Sunday (March 3) morning after a lengthy illness, reported to be linked to complications from diabetes. Claudette Robinson, the singer’s first cousin, said that Detroit Free Press he “had a sparkling personality that was loved by everyone. People always commented on the tall one with the glasses”.

Formed in the mid-1950s, The Miracles were members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and were known for their hits ‘The Tears of a Clown,’ ‘Going to a Go-Go,’ ‘You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me’ and ‘Tracks of My Tears.’

Rogers voice can be heard on Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On,’ with Rogers saying, “It’s just a groovy party, man, I can dig it.” Speaking to the Detroit Free Press, Mary Wilson of the Supremes said the sentence summed up the man she knew. “If people want to remember him, they should put that record on and listen to Bobby. That’s who he was.”

Rogers is survived by his wife, Joan and children Bobbae Rogers, Gina Hughes, Kimberly Hughes and Robert Rogers III, plus a granddaughter. Funeral arrangements are expected to be announced shortly.