Remembering Bobby Rogers
Bobby Rogers was my brother and a really good friend. He and I were born on the exact same day in the same hospital in Detroit. I am really going to miss him. I loved him very much. ~ Smokey
Rogers co-wrote many memorable songs with Smokey Robinson, including “Going to a Go-Go” for the Miracles, and “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” the first smash for the Temptations.
He used to love to tell the story of how he and Smokey were driving to a gig in Virginia, when Smokey turned and asked him, “Bobby, what do you look for in a woman?” Rogers’ response, “First I look at the purse,” was a classic, and became a hit for the Contours.
His was the voice that dueted with Robinson on “You Really Got a Hold on Me,” and it’s the bubbly Rogers speaking voice that kicks off Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” with the words “Hey, man, what’s your name,” “Everything is everything” and “It’s just a groovy party man, I can dig it.”
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130312/ENT04/303120304#ixzz2NNJyZ8Sy