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Bobby Rogers

13 March 2013













Bobby Rogers

Bobby Rogers (February 19, 1940 – March 3, 2013), born Robert E. Rogers, was an American soul singer and songwriter, notable as a member of Motown Records' first signed act and first million selling group The Miracles from 1956 until 2011. He was inducted along with the other members of the Miracles - with the exception of Smokey Robinson - in 2012 to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rogers was the grandfather of R&B singer Brandi Williams from R&B girl group Blaque

Life

Rogers was the son of Robert and Lois Rogers. He was born on February 19, 1940, the same day and in the same Detroit hospital as fellow Miracles member Smokey Robinson, although the two would not meet until 15 years later.
On December 18, 1963 Rogers married Wanda Young, of Inkster, Michigan, the lead singer of legendary Motown group The Marvelettes. They had several children together and divorced in 1975 after twelve years of marriage. In 1981, Rogers married Joan Hughes on his forty-first birthday. The wedding ceremony was officiated by the late Cecil Franklin (older brother of Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin) at Detroit's historic New Bethel Baptist Church. Rogers and his wife Joan had four children (Bobbae, Gina, Kimberly and Robert III) who are now grown adults. Rogers resided between his primary residence in Plymouth, Michigan, an affluent western suburb of Detroit, Michigan, and a Beverly Hills, California pied-à-terre with wife Joan.
Rogers' cousin, Claudette Rogers, was also a member of the Miracles, and later married Smokey Robinson.
Bobby Rogers died on March 3, 2013 at the age of 73 due to complications of diabetes.

Bobby Rogers
Birth nameRobert E. Rogers
Also known asB
BornFebruary 19, 1940
DetroitMichiganUnited States
DiedMarch 3, 2013 (aged 73)
Detroit, Michigan, United States
OccupationsSingersongwriter
Years active1956-2013
Associated actsThe MiraclesBrandi Williams

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