Miracles founder Bobby Rogers dies

Rogers was a songwriting collaborator with Smokey Robinson

Published On: Mar 03 2013 03:48:37 PM EST
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -

 A founding member of the Motown group the Miracles and a songwriting collaborator with Smokey Robinson has died. Bobby Rogers was 73.

 Motown Museum board member Allen Rawls says Rogers died Sunday morning at his home. He didn't immediately have the cause of death.

Rogers lived in the Detroit suburb of Southfield and was ill for several years.

The Detroit-born Rogers joined cousin Claudette Rogers, Pete Moore and Ronnie White joined Robinson to form the Miracles in 1956. Their hits included "Shop Around," I Second That Emotion" and "The Tears of a Clown."

 Rogers shared songwriting credits with Robinson on the Temptations' "The Way You Do the Things You Do," the Contours' "First I look at the Purse" and the Miracles' "Going to a Go-Go."

 Funeral arrangements were incomplete Sunday.