About Claudette Robinson
“I’ve got sunshine….”
Claudette Rogers Robinson is an original member of The Miracles and former wife of lead singer Smokey Robinson. The first successful group act for Berry Gordy‘s Motown Record Corporation, their single “Shop Around” was Motown’s first million-selling hit record, and the group went on to become one of the label’s signature acts. “My Girl” was written and produced by The Miracles members Smokey Robinson and Ronald White (most notably performed by The Temptations) in dedication to Claudette.
First group with Motown (The Miracles)
First female artist ever signed to a Motown-affiliated record label (Tamla)
First Lady of Motown…
Claudette’s brother Emerson “Sonny” Rogers was an original member of the group, which was originally called The Matadors before 1957. At Smokey’s request, Claudette Rogers took her brother’s place after he was drafted into the U.S. Army. “The name ‘The Matadors’ did not suit a group with a female singer, so several names were placed in a hat and I pulled out ‘The Miracles,’” quotes Claudette.
The group was soon thrust into the show business spotlight after Motown founder Berry Gordy discovered them and released Motown’s first million-selling record, “Shop Around.” And as they say, “the rest is history” … “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Ooo Baby Baby,” “The Tracks of My Tears,” “The Tears of a Clown,” “Going to a Go-Go” and “I Second That Emotion” are notable titles in a string of hits from The Miracles. Of all the R&B vocal groups formed in Detroit, Michigan, USA, in the mid-50s, the Miracles proved to be the most successful.
First Family of Motown
The Robinsons have two children, both named in honor of Motown: Berry William Borope Robinson was named after his godfather, Berry Gordy with his middle name in honor of fellow Miracles group mates Bobby ( Rogers ), Ronnie (White) and Pete ( Moore ), and Tamla Claudette Robinson was named after Motown’s original record label, Tamla Records.
Author and Philanthropist
Claudette is currently at work writing her autobiography, a book of her memoirs and life with The Miracles. Robinson is devoted to her work as President/CEO of First Lady Miracle Publishing and working with groups dedicated to helping young people (her “favorite people”). She also is a board member of the national Rhythm & Blues Foundation and the HAL Awards. Her cousin Bobby Rogers (February 19, 1940 – March 3, 2013), original member of The Miracles, toured with the current incarnation of the group throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, until 2010. Claudette still performs and makes selected appearances with The Miracles.
Most recently, Claudette and the original members of The Miracles were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2009. It was also recently announced that Claudette Robinson will be automatically and retroactively inducted with the rest of The Miracles into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson – by Smokey himself – on April 14, 2012.
A devoted mother and grandmother of three, Claudette Robinson remains a Christian woman of strength who is an inspiration to family, friends and fans alike. “There’s so much in life to live for – I think I can probably do it all, or at least give it a try.”
Notable Awards and Recognition
•Berry Gordy’s Motown Record Corporation’s signature act; their first Group, and their first million selling act was The Miracles
•“Without The Miracles there would be no Motown,” quoted Berry Gordy, 3/20/2009
•“Without The Miracles there would be no Stevie Wonder,” quoted Stevie Wonder, 3/20/2009
•Gold & Platinum Record (Single & Album) Awards (Sales of more than 500,000 or 1,000,000 units)
•Over 40 Million records sold worldwide
•Twenty six of The Miracles single releases reached the Top Ten Billboard R&B Charts
•Four of The Miracles songs reached #1 on Billboard R&B Charts
•Sixteen releases of The Miracles’ recordings reached Billboard’s Hot 100 List with 7 Top Tens
•Four time inductees Grammy Hall of Fame
•Doo-Wop Hall of Fame Inductees
•Triple induction Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “500 Best” song List
•Double recipient of the prestigious “Heroes and Legends” Award.
•Rhythm & Blues Pioneer Award
•Vocal Group Hall of Fame Induction & Award
•Spirit of Detroit Award
•Rolling Stone Magazine named The Miracles the “32nd Greatest Rock n’ Roll Artists” of all time
Billboard Magazine & VH1 list The Miracles among The 100 Greatest Artists of all Time.
•Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board announced The Miracles’ million seller, “Tracks of My Tears” being “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant” to preserve for all time in the United States Library of Congress
•Miracles Boulevard and Miracles Park were established in Detroit, Michigan (Woodbridge Estates)
•Governor of the state of Michigan, Certificate of Tribute and recognition of The Miracles and their importance to the state of Michigan and the city of Detroit for tremendous accomplishments in the music industry
•Mayor of Detroit Proclamation for a lifetime of history making accomplishments in music
•Resolution Award, the Detroit City Council gave the Highest Honor they can present to The Miracles for five decades of unchallenged achievements in the music industry
•City of Beverly Hills, CA, Beverly Hills Mayor & City Council Proclamation recognizing The Miracles contributions to the music industry and American Culture
•The Miracles received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 20, 2009
•“The Miracles Day” was established in Hollywood on March 20, 2009
•The Miracles were retroactively inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 alongside Smokey Robinson
And The Legacy Continues…