The extended Motown family has weathered yet another loss with the death of Miracles co-founder Bobby Rogers at age 73, according to The Root.com. Last month two former Temptations died within days of each other -- Otis "Damon" Harris and Richard Street.
Rogers, who had been dealing with failing health for years, was the only group member to have performed in every Miracles lineup, retired the brand in 2009 due to health issues. The Miracles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. In addition to their group duties, Rogers and Smokey Robinson also co-wrote the Temptations' 1964 breakthrough hit, "The Way You Do The Things You Do," which peaked at Number 11.
Smokey Robinson paid tribute to his longtime friend in a statement, which read: "Another soldier in my life has fallen. Bobby Rogers was my brother and a really good friend. He and I were born on the exact same day in the same hospital in Detroit. I am really going to miss him. I loved him very much."
Smokey Robinson, who went on to become the vice-president of Motown Records, has had his differences with the label throughout the years -- especially after founder Berry Gordy sold Motown in the late '80s. Robinson told us that it was the legacy of its '60s music that kept the Motown above water: "I was very concerned about the legacy, as to whether or not these people were going to destroy it. However, I think that what happened was, the legacy and the name and all the things that it stood for was more powerful than anything that they could even destroy."