Smokey Robinson & The Miracles Guitarist Marv Tarplin Dead At 70

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]

  • RainbowRay

    Sorry to haar of his passing; SMokey Robinson and the MIracles are one of my favorite Motwon groups.

    “Tracks of My Tears”, sounds appropriate right now, but HANGING ON. I believe that people still like to help. Miss Fiona so much!


  • Topkat.

    With Marv Tarplin’s death, two of the original members of The Miracles have now left us : Marv and Ronnie White (in 1995) . And, for the 26th consecutive year, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has denied The Miracles- one of the greatest groups in music history, and the originators of the world-famous “Motown Sound” induction into their “hallowed” Hall. No induction. Not even a nomination. In 26 years. While at the same time, artists with nowhere NEAR The Miracles’ accomplishments are inducted year after year. In 1987, Only Miracles lead singer, Smokey Robinson ,was inducted. The other Miracles were left out. and in that same 26 years, the RRHOF has given virtually NO explanation for the Miracles’ snub. Smokey Robinson said that he has been actively campaigning for the induction of ALL of the Miracles- Bobby Rogers, Pete Moore, Ronnie White, Claudette Robinson, Marv Tarplin, Billy Griffin, and himself-as a GROUP into the Hall of Fame.The historical importance of The Miracles in music history cannot be denied. Their accomplishments in the music industry DWARF those of 85% of inducted artists. Over 50 chart hits. Four songs inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame (the most of ANY Motown group.) ASCAP Award of Merit winners, Multiple BMI Songwriters Award winners. The most Covered Motown Group in history…with over 59 of their songs covered by other artists. Winners of The Rhythm and Blues Foundations Pioneer Award…and the HIGHEST-RANKING Motown Group on Rolling Stones’ list of “THE IMMORTALS” – The 50 Greatest Artists Of All Time” The Artists of which Berry Gordy said , on The Miracles’ Hollywood Walk of Fame Induction on 3/20/09 “Without THE MIRACLES …Motown would NOT be The Motown it is today”. But still no RRHOF Induction. In 26 years. WHY ???

  • Topkat

    Nice to know that MARV TARPLIN will be inducted with the rest of the original Miracles into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, 2012. R.I.P. Marv.

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