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The Miracles

The Miracles

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.

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