Salute to Ronnie White of the Miracles
Ronald "Ronnie" White (April 5, 1939 – August 26, 1995) was an African American soul singer and songwriter, notable as a founding member of The Miracles, and the only member to survive all of that group's line-up changes. He is also noted as the man who discovered Stevie Wonder, then White's 11-year-old neighbor, and brought him to the attention of Motown head, Berry Gordy Jr.
A childhood friend of fellow Miracle William "Smokey" Robinson, White and Robinson began singing together in grade school. They released a few side singles while with the Miracles as a duo called 'Ron & Bill', and White collaborated with Robinson on several of his most notable compositions, including The Temptations' hit "Don't Look Back" and their #1 hit "My Girl"; Marvin Gaye's Top-10 hit, "Ain't That Peculiar"; and Mary Wells' Top-10 smash, "You Beat Me To The Punch".
As of early 2011, White is the only original member of The Miracles that is now deceased, having died of leukemia at the age of 57 in 1995. His first wife, Earlyn, with whom he had two daughters [Michelle and Pamela], succumbed to breast cancer several years before. For this reason, he did not participate in the reunion of the Miracles on the 1983 NBC television special: Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever.
One of many: another Motown great who is not to be forgotten. His composing skills were long underrated, standing in the shadow of Smokey.
BTW: that is The Miracles' guitarist Marv Tarplin in the pic, where is Pete Moore?
Great post Loveblind.......
Originally Posted by robbert
Robbert, I'd say the picture was taken when Pete was serving in the army in Germany, as it's stated on the back cover of the "The Fabulous Miracles", where he's absent, too. (but I may be wrong ?).
Phil, I already had that thought, but didn't wanna utter it, in case I was wrong... it's all so long ago and my Motown Memory Chip is getting a bit stale. So many new thoughts and facts have come into my life and in their way since...
You gotta love the Miracles! What more can I Say
Originally Posted by paladin
Yes my hats off to the great ronnie white.
Isn't Claudette a stunner!
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