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Claudette Rogers Robinson

Claudette Marie Rogers Robinson (born in September 1942) is an African-American soul singer, a member of The Miracles from 1957 to 1972. Her brother Emerson "Sonny" Rogers was an original member of the group, which was originally called "The Matadors" before 1957; Claudette Rogers took her brother's place after he was drafted into the U.S. Army.

On November 7 1959, Rogers married Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson, who became one of the major figures in Detroit's Motown record label. Smokey and Claudette Robinson made plans to begin a family, but the rough life of touring caused Claudette to have seven miscarriages.

Smokey Robinson originally co-wrote the number-one Motown single "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.

The Robinsons had two children, both named in honor of Motown: Berry William Robinson was named after Motown chief Berry Gordy, and Tamla Claudette Robinson was named after Motown's original record label, Tamla Records. Berry was born to a surrogate mother .

Smokey Robinson and Claudette Robinson were divorced in 1986,after 27 years of marriage. Berry Gordy gave Claudette Robinson the official title of "First Lady of Motown", as noted in his autobiography, because, as a member of The Miracles,(Motown's first group),she was the first female artist ever signed to a Motown-affliated record label. (Tamla). Several years ago, Claudette also began writing her autobiography, "A Miraculous Life," a book of her memoirs,and of her life with The Miracles. As of 2007, it has yet to be released. Today, she is a board member of the national Rhythm & Blues Foundation.Her cousin,original member Bobby Rogers, is still touring with the current incarnation of the Miracles. She also still makes selected appearances with the Miracles today. Claudette can be seen on stage with The Miracles live at the Apollo Theatre in a rare 1962 film clip on the 2006 Motown/Universal DVD release, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: The Definitive Performances.

References

3.Claudette Robinson of THE MIRACLES (board member of THE RHYTHM & BLUES FOUNDATION ) interview : http://www.soul-patrol.net/rb_claudette.ram

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