Friday, March 20, 2009
OOH BABY BABY-THE MIRACLES FINALLY RECEIVE A STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
With Motown Records celebrating it's 50th anniversary, one of the best celebrations so far has been The Four Tops FINALLY receiving a Lifetime acheivement award this year (I don't know what took them so long) and The Miracles receiving a star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Many had turned out to see Smokey and Claudette Robinson, Pete Moore, Sonny Rogers and the late Ronnie White become another act from the famous Detroit label receive an honor like this.
The Miracle was one of the first acts signed by Berry Gordy, Jr, who sccored many hits for the label including "Shop Around," "You Really Got a Hold On Me," "Mickey's Monkey," "The Tracks of My Tears," "Ooh Baby Baby" "My Girl is Gone" and their top charting classic "Tears of A Clown." When Smokey and Claudette left, the remaining group members recruited Billy Griffin as their new lead singer, who's youthful and sexy looks and songwriting helped the group score their second biggest selling hit "Love Machine." Smokey also had success as a solo artist with his classics "Quiet Storm," "Cruisin'" "Being With You," "Just To See Her" which earned him his first Grammy Award, "One Heartbeat," "Everything You Touch" and "Sleepin' In."
In addition to performing and writing hits for themselves, they (along with guitarist Marv Tarplin, who continues to perform with Smokey) wrote hits for Mary Wells, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and The Supremes.
The ceromony took place in Hollywood this morning.