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Smokey Robinson & The Miracles Guitarist Marv Tarplin Dead At 70

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Marv Tarplin (center) with Smokey Robinson & The Miracles/YouTube

Marv Tarplin (center) with Smokey Robinson & The Miracles/YouTube

The lead guitarist and songwriter behind many famous Motown hits with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Smokey Robinson & The Miracles[/lastfm] among others, Marv Tarplin died in his home in Las Vegas on Friday at the age of 70. We’re remembering Marv and the hit songs he helped write during his career.

The cause of his death is still undetermined at this time, but Marv leaves behind a lasting legacy with the Motown groups he had a hand in during his accomplished career.

Marv started his career in the late ’50s playing guitar for an unknown all girl group called The Primettes, which later famously transformed into what we now know as [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Supremes[/lastfm]. It was then he was recruited into Smokey Robinson’s band as the lead guitarist who also had a key part in writing the track progression of their hit “Tracks Of My Tears.”

Marv also played on the side with Marvin Gaye, collaborating on his songs “I’ll Be Doggone” and “Ain’t That Peculiar.” Marv always continued working, writing, recording and performing with Smokey throughout the length of his guitar-playing career until retiring in 2008.

Remember the life and legacy of Marv Tarplin by listening to one of his biggest hits with Smokey, “Tracks Of My Tears.”

[Source: RS]

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