The Miracles discography

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The Miracles discography
Releases
Studio albums 25
Live albums 3
Compilation albums 7
Singles 57

The Miracles were the Motown Record Corporation's first group and its first million-selling recording artists. During their nineteen-year run on the American music charts, The Miracles charted over fifty hits and recorded in the genres of doo wop, soul, disco, and R&B. Twenty-six Miracles songs reached the Top Ten of the Billboard R&B singles chart, including four R&B number ones. Sixteen of the Miracles' songs charted within the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100, with seven of those songs reaching the Top Ten and two – 1970's "The Tears of a Clown" and 1975's "Love Machine" (Part 1) – reaching number-one.A third song,the million-selling "Shop Around" reached #1 on the Cash Box magazine Pop chart.

According to several websites, the Miracles are one of the most oft-covered groups in recorded history and the most covered Motown group ever. Their music and songs have influenced artists all over the world – in every major musical genre – over the last 50 years .[1] They also have the distinction of having more songs inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame than any other Motown group.[2]

(Original lineup: Claudette Rogers Robinson, Bobby Rogers, Ronnie White, Smokey Robinson, Marv Tarplin, Pete Moore) . All releases were on Motown Records' Tamla subsidiary label unless otherwise indicated.

In the 1960s, Motown Record Corporation, like many independent labels, did not register sales figures through the RIAA, the organization that certifies and awards Gold Records. So it is difficult to determine the full number of Miracles songs and recordings that sold a million or more records. Also, with the passing of decades of time, some songs that did not sell a million records on their initial release may have indeed done so over the years. However, several reference works, such as the books Hits Of The Sixties: The Million Sellers by Demitri Coryton & Joseph Murrells, as well as The Book Of Golden Discs- by Joseph Murrells- point out that the Miracles had several million- selling records during their career, including the following: Shop Around (1961), You've Really Got a Hold on Me (1962) , Mickey's Monkey (1963), The Tracks Of My Tears (1965), Going To A Go-Go,(single and album)(1965), I Second That Emotion (1967), Baby Baby Don't Cry (1969), The Tears of a Clown* (1970), Do It Baby (1974), Love Machine* (1975), and the Platinum album City Of Angels (1975). This is quite probably an incomplete list,since Miracle Pete Moore states on his corporate website, that The Miracles actually had 12 Gold Records to their credit by 1967, including 1965's Ooo Baby Baby.[1]

  • multi-million sellers.

Albums[edit]

The Miracles[edit]

Tamla (Motown) releases
Year Album Peak chart positions
US US R&B
1961 Hi... We're The Miracles
Cookin' with The Miracles
1962 I'll Try Something New
1963 Christmas with The Miracles
The Fabulous Miracles 118
The Miracles Recorded Live on Stage 139
The Miracles Doin' Mickey's Monkey 113
1964 I Like It Like That (withdrawn from U.S.) (withdrawn from U.S.)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles[edit]

Tamla (Motown) releases
Year Album Peak chart positions
US US R&B
1965 Going to a Go-Go 8 1
1966 Away We a Go-Go 41 3
1967 Make It Happen
(re-issued as The Tears of a Clown in 1970)
28 3
1968 Special Occasion 42 1
1969 Smokey Robinson & The Miracles LIVE! 71 7
Time Out for Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 25
Four in Blue 78 3
1970 What Love Has...Joined Together 97 9
A Pocket Full of Miracles 56 10
The Season for Miracles (Christmas album)
1971 One Dozen Roses 92 17
1972 Flying High Together
(last studio album with Smokey Robinson)
46 31
1972 Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: 1957–1972
(live; final concert/double album)
75 14
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

The Miracles (with Billy Griffin)[edit]

Tamla (Motown) releases
Year Album Peak chart positions
US US R&B
1973 Renaissance 174 33
1974 Do It Baby 41 4
1975 Don't Cha Love It 96 7
City of Angels 33 29
1976 The Power of Music 178 35
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
Columbia releases
Year Album Peak chart positions
US US R&B
1977 Love Crazy 117 31
1978 The Miracles
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilations[edit]

Motown releases
Year Album Peak chart positions
US
1965 Greatest Hits from the Beginning (double-album) 21
1968 Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 7
1974 Anthology
(re-released in 1986, 1995 and 2002 with different track-listings)
97
1977 Greatest Hits (with Billy Griffin)
1994 The 35th Anniversary Collection [3] [4]
1998 The Ultimate Collection
2009 Depend On Me: The Early Albums
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

The Miracles[edit]

First releases
  • "Got a Job" / "My Mama Done Told Me" (1958, End #1016)
  • "Your Love (Is All I Need)" / "I Love You So" (1958, Fury #1001)
  • "I Need Some Money" / "I Cry" (1958, End #1029 & End #1084)
  • "I Need a Change"/"All I Want Is You" (1959, Chess #1768)
Tamla (Motown) releases
Year Title Peak chart positions
US R&B UK
1959 "It"1/
"Don't Say Bye Bye"
"Bad Girl"2/
"I Love Your Baby"
93
"The Feeling Is So Fine"3/
"(You Can) Depend on Me"
1960 "Way Over There"/
"(You Can) Depend on Me"
94
"Shop Around"/
"Who's Lovin' You"
2 1
1961 "Ain't It Baby"/
"The Only One I Love"
49 15
"Mighty Good Lovin'"/
"Broken Hearted"
51/
97
21
"Everybody's Gotta Pay Some Dues"/
"I Can't Believe"
52 11
"What's So Good About Goodbye"/
"I've Been Good To You"
35/
1035
16
1962 "I'll Try Something New"/
"You Never Miss A Good Thing"
39 11
"You've Really Got a Hold on Me"/
"Happy Landing"
8 1
1963 "A Love She Can Count On"/
"I Can Take a Hint"
31/
1076
21
"Mickey's Monkey"/
"Whatever Makes You Happy"
8 3
"I Gotta Dance to Keep From Crying" 35 17
"The Christmas Song"7
1964 "(You Can't Let the Boy Overpower) The Man in You" 59 12
"I Like It Like That" 27 10
"That's What Love Is Made Of" 35 9
"Come On Do The Jerk" 50 22
1965 "Ooo Baby Baby" 16 4
"The Tracks of My Tears"/
"A Fork In The Road"
16 2 9
"My Girl Has Gone" 14 3
"Going to a Go-Go"/
"Choosey Beggar"
11 2/
35
44
1966 "Whole Lot of Shakin' in My Heart (Since I Met You)" 46 20
"(Come 'Round Here) I'm the One You Need" 17 4 13^
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • 1 - Also issued on Argo; credited as "Ron & Bill", aka Ronnie White and Bill "Smokey" Robinson
  • 2 - Also released on Chess
  • 3 - Only 4 copies released after Motown withdrew single
  • 4 - re-released in 1962
  • 5 - peaked at #3 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart
  • 6 - peaked at #7 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart
  • 7 - released only as a promo single

^ Peaked at UK #45 on original issue in 1966. 1971 reissue peaked at #13.

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles[edit]

(same members, name changed to spotlight lead singer)

Tamla (Motown) releases
Year Title Peak chart positions
US R&B UK
1967 "The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage" 20 10
"More Love" 23 5
"I Second That Emotion" 4 1 27
1968 "If You Can Want" 11 3 50
"Yester Love" 31 9
"Special Occasion" 26 4
1969 "Baby, Baby Don't Cry" 8 3
"Here I Go Again"/
"Doggone Right"
37
32
15
7
"Abraham, Martin and John" 33 16
"Point It Out"/
"Darling Dear"
37
100
4
1970 "Who's Gonna Take the Blame" 46 9
"The Tears of a Clown" 1 1 1
1971 "I Don't Blame You At All" 18 7 11
"Crazy About the La La" 56 20
"Satisfaction" 49 20
1972 "We've Come Too Far to End It Now" 46 9
"I Can't Stand to See You Cry" 45 21
1976 "The Tears of A Clown" 341
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • 1 - re-released in the UK in 1976


The Miracles (with Billy Griffin)[edit]

Tamla (Motown) releases
Year Title Peak chart positions
US R&B UK
1973 "Don't Let It End ('Til You Let It Begin)" / "Wigs & Lashes" 56 26
"Give Me Just Another Day" / "I Wanna Be With You. 1111 47
1974 "Do It Baby" / "I Wanna Be With You" 13 4
"Don't Cha Love It" / "Up Again" 78 4
1975 "Gemini" / "You Are Love" 1012 43
"Love Machine - Pt. 1" / "Love Machine-Pt. 2" 1 5 3
1976 "Night Life" / "Smog" 60
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • 1 - peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.
  • 2 - peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.
Columbia releases (as "The Miracles featuring Billy Griffin")
Year Title Peak chart positions
US R&B UK
1977 "Spy for Brotherhood" / "The Bird Must Fly Away 1041 37
"I Can Touch the Sky" / "Women (Make the World Go 'Round)
1978 "Mean Machine" / "The Magic of Your Eyes (Laura's Eyes)" 55
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • 1 - peaked at number four on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100.

Videography[edit]

DVD release[edit]

References[edit]

  • Hits Of The Sixties: The Million Sellers by Demitri Coryton & Joseph Murrells

References[edit]