Singer for the popular Motown Records act The Miracles and who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
He and The Miracles' first single "Shop Around" became the first #1 single for Motown.
He was born on the same day as future Miracles bandmate Smokey Robinson.
His cousin Claudette was also a member of The Miracles.
He was an accomplished songwriter who wrote the song "One More Heartache," which was sung by Marvin Gaye.