Claudette Annette Rogers Robinson “The First Lady of Motown”.
Dubbed “The First Lady Of Motown“ Claudette Annette Rogers Robinson (born June 20, 1942) is an American singer-songwriter. She was a member of The Miracles from 1957 to 1972. Her brother Emerson “Sonny” Rogers was a founding member of the group, which before 1957 was named “The Matadors.”
Claudette Rogers and Smokey Robinson were married on November 7, 1959. Smokey and Claudette had plans to raise a family, but the rough music touring life caused Claudette to have seven miscarriages. However, the Robinsons have two children. Berry William Borope Robinson were named after label chief 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. Smokey Robinson and Claudette were divorced in 1986, after 27 years of marriage.
Robinson co-wrote the number-one Motownsingle “My Girl” with Miracles member Ronald White in dedication to Claudette, a song performed most notably by The Temptations. The song was originally intended to be recorded by The Miracles.
Thank you & Congratulations Claudette on all of accomplishments! Here’s a few fun facts.. Enjoy!
- Claudette and the original members of The Miracles were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 20, 2009.
- 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)
- Worldwide over 40 million records sold.
- 26 of the Miracles single releases reached the Top 10 Billboard R&B Charts
- Four of the Miracles songs reached #1 on Billboard R&B Charts
- 16 releases of the Miracles’ recordings reached the Top 20 of Billboard’s Hot 100 List with 7 Top 10s, and 2 Pop #1’s (“The Tears of a Clown” and “Love Machine”).
- A third song, The Miracles’ first million-seller “Shop Around”, reached #1 on the Cash Box Magazine “Top 100” Pop Chart.
- Four-time inductees Grammy Hall of Fame. (The most of any Motown group.)
- 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 Foundation “Pioneer Award” winners .
- Vocal Group Hall of Fame Induction & Award.
- Spirit of Detroit Award
- Rolling Stone Magazine named the Miracles # 32 in their list of The 100 Greatest Rock n’ Roll Artists” of All Time. (The highest-ranking Motown group on the Rolling Stone listing).
- 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 sellers, “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, Detroit, Michigan (Woodbridge Estates)named for and in honor of Motown group “The Miracles”.
- 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 to The Miracles 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 5 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 in Hollywood, March 20, 2009.
- Goldmine Magazine names The Miracles one of the “20 Greatest Doo-Wop Groups of All Time” .
- The Miracles were retroactively inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 alongside Smokey Robinson.
In 1987, Smokey Robinson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. However, in a controversial decision, the other original members of the Miracles—Bobby Rogers, Ronnie White, Pete Moore, Marv Tarplin, and Claudette Robinson—were not.
In 2012, it was finally announced that, after a 26-year wait, Claudette Robinson would 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.