The Miracles: Grammy Museum Unveils Next Motown Exhibit

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A photo of The Miracles from a new exhibit at the Grammy Museum.

R&B/pop pioneers the Miracles will be saluted by the Grammy Museum in an exhibit opening on May 13. Following last June’s look back at iconic girl group the Supremes, Legends of Motown: Celebrating the Miracles is the second tribute in the museum’s continuing series about the famed Detroit label.

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Original Miracles Claudette Robinson and Warren "Pete" Moore will reflect on the group’s legacy during a candid interview and Q&A on opening night. Featuring rare photographs and performance costumes from Robinson’s personal collection, the exhibit will take visitors from the group’s early days through its later incarnation as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.

Claudette Robinson, the first female artist to sign a record deal with Motown, was nicknamed the "First Lady of Motown." On the eve of the exhibit’s debut, she says, "The Miracles, along with Mr. Berry Gordy and Motown, have become a part of musical history that changed the landscape of popular music, soul and R&B to foster positive and progressive race relations in America and around the world."

Adds Grammy Museum executive director Bob Santelli, "We couldn’t be more excited to share the story of the vast impact the Miracles had on Detroit, the music industry and pop culture with this exhibit."

Including additional members William "Smokey" Robinson, Ronald "Ronnie" White and Robert "Bobby" Rogers, the Miracles gave Motown its first million-selling single with "Shop Around." Over the next five decades, the quintet left an indelible mark on musical history with such hits as "Ooo Baby, Baby," "More Love," "Tracks of My Tears" and "The Tears of a Clown." With four recordings inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the group also joined the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

Legends of Motown: Celebrating the Miracles will be on display through summer 2017.