The Miracles (also known as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles from 1965 to 1972) were an American rhythm and blues vocal group that was the first successful recording act for Berry Gordy’s Motown Records, and one of the most important and influential groups in pop, rock and roll, and R&B music history. Formed in 1955 by Smokey Robinson, Warren “Pete” Moore, and Ronnie White, the group started off as the Five Chimes, changing their name to the Matadors two years later. The group then settled on the Miracles after the inclusion of Claudette Robinson in 1958. The most notable Miracles line-up included the Robinsons, Moore, White, Bobby Rogers and Marv Tarplin. After a failed audition with Brunswick Records, the group began working with songwriter Berry Gordy, who helped to produce their first records for the End and Chess labels before establishing Tamla Records in 1959 and signing the Miracles as its first act. The group eventually scored the label’s first million-selling hit record with the 1960 Grammy Hall of Fame smash, “Shop Around”, and further established themselves as one of Motown’s top acts with the hit singles “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me”, “What’s So Good About Goodbye”, “Way Over There”, “I’ll Try Something New”, “Mickey’s Monkey”, “Going to a Go-Go”, “(Come ‘Round Here) I’m the One You Need”, “Just A Mirage”, “If You Can Want”, “More Love”, “I Don’t Blame You at All”, “Ooo Baby Baby”, The multi-award-winning “The Tracks of My Tears”, “Special Occasion”, “I Second That Emotion”, “Baby Baby Don’t Cry”, the number-one Pop smashes “The Tears of a Clown” and “Love Machine”, “Do It Baby”, and “My Girl Has Gone”, among numerous other hits.
Half the country is gripped in stormy weather this weekend, but we’ll try and liven things up this evening with another interesting “Great Soul Performances.” On the playlist is: Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Eugene Pitt & the Jive Five, Jr. Walker & the All-Stars, the Whispers, Laura Lee, Spyro Gyra, the Tymes, James Brown, Joss Stone and Darlene Love “in concert.” We’ll get underway at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Next week is our annual Christmas show. So, it’s all good right here on RadioMaxMusic.com.
We’ve got the blues this weekend on “Great Soul Performances.” This evening we salute and pay tribute to the late Bobby “Blue” Bland. You’ll hear most of his big hits along with songs by the Miracles, MFSB, the Emotions, Dave “Baby” Cortez, the Radiants, the Raelettes, the Temptations and others. It starts at 7PM ET. 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT, with an encore performance on Monday at 10PM Eastern. Join us and enjoy the music of one of the greatest bluesmen of all time, Robert Calvin Bobby “Blue” Bland on RadioMaxMusic.com.
Welcome to Summer 2013. This evening on “Great Soul Performances,” you’ll hear the Whispers, Donald Byrd‘s Blackbyrds, Ronnie Dyson, the Four Tops, Ray Charles “live in concert,” the O’Jays, Donna Summer, the Ad-Libs, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Millie Jackson, (and for you Sydney Barnes) George Kerr & the Serenaders, Pookie Hudson & the Spaniels and a whole lot more. We’ll kick it off at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 5PM PT on RadioMaxMusic.com.
Mary Esther Wells (May 13, 1943 – July 26, 1992) was an American singer who helped to define the emerging sound of Motown in the early 1960s. Along with The Miracles, The Temptations, The Supremes, and the Four Tops, Wells was said to have been part of the charge in black music onto radio stations and record shelves of mainstream America, “bridging the color lines in music at the time.”
With a string of hit singles composed mainly by Smokey Robinson, including “Two Lovers” (1962), the Grammy-nominated “You Beat Me to the Punch” (1962) and her signature hit, “My Guy” (1964), she became recognized as “The Queen of Motown” until her departure from the company in 1964, at the height of her popularity. She was one of Motown’s first singing superstars. (Source: Wikipedia)
|2||You Lost the Sweetest Boy|
|3||Once Upon a Time (with Marvin Gaye)|
|7||The One Who Really Loves You|
|8||You Beat Me to the Punch|
|10||I Don’t Want to Take a Chance|
|11||Use Your Head|
|12||Bye Bye Baby|
|13||Never, Never Leave Me|
|15||Your Old Standby|
|16||Ain’t It the Truth|
|17||Dig the Way I Feel|
|18||He’s a Lover|
|19||Me Without You|
|20||If You Can’t Give Her Love (Give Her Up)|
Later this evening on “Great Soul Performances,” you’ll hear the Spinners, the Impressions, James Brown, Alicia Keys, Donnie Hathaway, the Intruders, Joe Tex, James Brown, the Four Tops and for the third straight week, we’ve got tributes to pay. I’ll be saluting the late Bobby Rogers of the Miracles and the late Jewel Akens. So join me at 7PM ET on RadioMaxMusic.Com.