Bobby Rogers

February 19, 1940 – March 3, 2013

On February 19, 1940, in a north Detroit hospital, two future Rock and Roll Hall of Famers were born. William “Smokey” Robinson and Robert Rogers not only shared the same start, but several years later, they helped launch one of the biggest movements in popular music history as members of Motown Record’s first hit group: the Miracles.

Bobby Rogers was the tenor of the group and sang occasional lead, including co-lead with Robinson on the group’s 1963 hit “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me.” As was the case with most of the Miracles, Rogers also wrote songs. He co-wrote several hits for other Motown acts including, but not limited to, “The Way You Do the Things You Do” for the Temptations. Robinson eventually went solo and Rogers and fellow Miracle, Ronnie White, reformed the group a couple of times in the 1980s and ’90s. In the end, Bobby Rogers was the longest serving member of the Miracles, performing with variations of the group until 2009.

Rogers was married for a time to Wanda Young of the Marvelettes. He died of complications from diabetes at the age of 73.


Woodlawn Cemetery – Detroit, MI

Specific Location

Section 2, Mausoleum of Peace I – In the north structure of the Peace Mausoleum, Bobby is interred on the top row in the middle of the west-facing side.

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