The Tears Of A Clown


The Miracles were an American rhythm and blues group that was the first successful recording act for Berry Gordy’s Motown, and one of the most important and influential groups in pop, rock and roll, and R&B music history.

The most notable Miracles line-up included the Robinsons, Moore, White, Bobby Rogers and Marv Tarplin. Referred to as Motown’s “soul supergroup”, the Miracles recorded 26 Top 40 hits, seven of which wereΒ top 10 singles, and a number one single (“The Tears of a Clown”) while the Robinsons and Tarplin were members.

Following the departure of Tarplin and the Robinsons, the rest of the group continued with singer Billy Griffin and scored two final top 20 singles, a second # 1 hit, which topped the charts before the group departed for Columbia Records in 1977, recording as a quintet with Donald Griffin, where after a few releases, they disbanded in 1978.

In all, the group had over fifty charted hits by the time they disbanded. On the R&B charts, The Miracles scored 26 Top 10 Billboard R&B hits, with 4 R&B # 1’s. Bobby Rogers and Ronald White revived the group as a touring ensemble sporadically during the 1980s and again in the 1990s with lead singer Sydney Justin. Following White’s death in 1995, Rogers and Justin continued to tour with different members until he was forced into retirement due to health issues in 2011, dying less than two years later.

The Miracles have been awarded many top music industry honors over the years. In 1997, the group received the Pioneer Award at the Rhythm and Blues Foundation for their musical achievements. In 2004, they were ranked thirty-two on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, retaining that same position seven years later, in 2011. Four of their hit songs were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Throughout their careers, the Miracles were also enshrined with honors for their songwriting by both BMI and ASCAP. After much controversy, the Miracles were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

SmokeyMiracles

Side One

The Tears of a Clown

Side Two

Promise Me

Smiley Lewis


Smiley Lewis (July 5, 1913 – October 7, 1966) was an American New Orleans rhythm and blues musician during the 1950s and 1960s.

The journalist Tony Russell, in his book The Blues – From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray, stated “Lewis was the unluckiest man in New Orleans. He hit on a formula for slow-rocking, small-band numbers like ‘The Bells Are Ringing’ and ‘I Hear You Knocking’ only to have Fats Domino come up behind him with similar music more ingratiatingly delivered. Lewis was practically drowned in Domino’s backwash.”

SmileyLewis

Side One

Down Yonder We Go Ballin’

Side Two

Someday

Cruisin’ With Smokey


William “Smokey” Robinson, Jr. (born February 19, 1940) is an American R&B and pop singer-songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. Robinson was the founder and front man of the Motown vocal group The Miracles, for which he also served as the group’s chief songwriter and producer. Robinson led the group from its 1955 origins as The Five Chimes until 1972 when he announced a retirement from the stage to focus on his role as Motown’s vice president.

However, Robinson returned to the music industry as a solo artist the following year, later scoring Top 10 solo hits such as “Cruisin'” (1979), “Being With You” (1981) and “Just to See Her” (1987). Following the sale of Motown Records in 1988, Robinson left Motown in 1990. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

SmokeyR1

Side One

Cruisin’

Side Two

Ever Had a Dream

Silhouettes


The Silhouettes were an American doo wop/R&B group whose single “Get A Job” was a number 1 hit on the Billboard R&B singles chart and pop singles chart in 1958. The doo-wop revival group Sha Na Na derived their name from the song’s lyrics. “Get A Job”‘ is included in the soundtracks of the film American Graffiti, Trading Places and Stand By Me.

Silhouettes

Side One

Get a Job

Side Two

I Am Lonely