Well-known songs by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles include "Shop Around," "You Really Got a Hold on Me," "Tears of a Clown," "The Tracks of My Tears" and "I Second That Emotion." The group was one of the most successful acts signed to the Motown record label in the 1960s and '70s.
The Miracles scored a total of 38 pop and R&B hits from 1960 to 1972. "Shop Around," which was released in 1960 and sold a million copies, was the group's first major hit. "Tears of a Clown" was the group's first number one hit on the pop charts.
Smokey Robinson, the group's lead singer, wrote most of the group's hit songs, as well as hits for other acts on the Motown label, including "My Guy" and "Two Lovers, performed by Mary Wells, and "Don't Mess With Bill," performed by The Marvellettes. Smokey Robinson left the Miracles in 1972 to pursue a solo career and to spend more time with his family. He earned his first Grammy in 1987 for the song, "Just to See Her."
As of 2015, Robinson is the only musician to be recognized simultaneously in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters' Hall of Fame and as a Living Legend by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.