Post by Diamond Girl on Sept 25, 2005 13:25:38 GMT -5
Ronnie White, songwriter, co-founder of Motown group The Miracles, dies in Detroit Obituary Jet, Sept 11, 1995
Ronnie White, one of the founders of the Motown group The Miracles along with Smokey Robinson, recently died of leukemia in Detroit. He was 57.
White, who co-wrote the songs My Girl and My Guy [and countless others] with Robinson, co-founded the group The Matadors in 1957 while still in high school. The Detroit group, consisting of [future members] White, Robinson, Bobby Rogers, [Warren] Pete Moore and Claudette Rogers, later became known as The Miracles. The group was the first [group] Motown founder Berry Gordy signed to his record label.
In 1961, the Miracles struck gold with Shop Around, giving Motown its first [actually second] million-seller and making the group a household name.
The group's name was changed to Smokey Robinson and the Miracles in 1967. Other hits by the group include: I Second That Emotion, The Tears Of A Clown, Tracks Of My Tears, You Really Got A Hold On Me, and Going To A Go-Go.
Gordy credited White with helping discover 11-year-old musical prodigy Stevie Wonder.
Mary Wells' 1964 version of My Guy became Motown's first No. 1 hit.
White is survived by his wife Gloria, son Ronnie White II, and daughter Pamela White DasGupta. He was preceded in death by daughter Michelle Lynn White.
Last Edit: Sept 26, 2005 15:22:46 GMT -5 by Motorcity
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