By Matt Smith, CNN
(CNN) — Bobby Rogers, one of the original members of Motown staple The Miracles, has died, longtime Miracles frontman Smokey Robinson announced Sunday. He was 73.
“Another soldier in my life has fallen,” Robinson said in a statement to CNN. “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.”
Robinson, Rogers and the rest of the Miracles were a cornerstone act for writer-producer Berry Gordy’s infant Motown Records, putting songs like “Shop Around,” “Tracks of My Tears” and “The Tears of a Clown” on the R&B and pop charts throughout the 1960s. After Robinson left the group, the Miracles had a No. 1 hit with “Love Machine” in 1976.
When the group disbanded in the late 1970s, Rogers started an interior design business. The Miracles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.