Today marks what would have been The Miracles member Ronnie White’s 77th birthday. To celebrate both White and the fantastic work of The Miracles, we’re taking a look at some interesting facts about the group.
Before settling on the name The Miracles, the group had spent two years as the Five Chimes and a year as The Matadors.
The Miracles were the first group signed to Berry Gordy’s label Tamla Records in 1959.
The Miracles are ranked at number 32 in Rolling Stone magazine’s “The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.
The Miracles’s first hit was called ‘Shop Around’ and it sold over 2 million copies.
The group was nicknamed ‘The Showstoppers’ due to their exciting, high-energy live performances.
It was at the Miracles’ request that Motown Choreographer Cholly Atkins was first brought into the company. He would later become the choreographer for all Motown acts.
The Miracles wrote for a number of Motown acts including The Temptations, Mary Wells and Marvin Gaye.
Legend has it that, every time the group performed their hit song ‘Tracks of My Tears’, members of the audience would cry.
In total, The Miracles have released 57 singles and 25 studio albums.
The Miracles have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.