Smokey Robinson already has a seat in the Hall of Fame — which is why the 2012 induction ceremony will be all the more sweeter for him.
Robinson, now a sprightly 72 years of age, will induct the members of his former Motown singing group, the Miracles, into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 14 in Cleveland.
Members Warren “Pete” Moore, Claudette Rogers Robinson, Bobby Rogers, guitarist Marv Tarplin and Ron White will join Robinson, who was inducted in 1987, for their efforts in shaping the Motown canon. The group, once called the Miracles, changed its name to Smokey Robinson & the Miracles in 1967.
But whatever the name was, the hits followed — over 50 singles reaching the Billboard charts during the band’s 19 years of radio success. “Their 1960 single, “Shop Around,” was Motown’s first million-selling hit, and established the Miracles, with their original five-man lineup, as Motown’s “soul supergroup.” In 1972, Smokey left the group to pursue a solo career.
March 6, Detroit News: Robinson has been working on getting the Miracles in since his own induction, “because they deserve to be in there,” he says. “So they’re finally getting in, I’m inducting them and I’m very excited about that. The only thing I regret is that (the late) Ron White isn’t here to see it.”
Smokey Robinson will be in Detroit soon with the members of Human Nature.