Claudette Annette Rogers was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was bright and adventurous. At a very young age, Claudette embraced her grandmother’s Christian values and service to her church, where she sang in the choir. She attended Catholic School until sixth grade. At the age of 8, Claudette moved to Detroit, Michigan with her mother, after her grandmother passed away. She excelled academically, graduating from Commerce High School at the young age of 15. She went on to Wayne State University, where she remained until her sophomore year of college, before joining the United States Marine Corp Reserve. Claudette began singing in her teens with a female group called The Matadorettes. While her brother, Emerson “Sonny” Rogers was away serving in the Army, Claudette met his friend and band mate William “Smokey” Robinson of The Matadors. This is where their story began.
Claudette Robinson is The First Lady of Motown
In 1957, the group was introduced to, then songwriter, Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records. They formed a relationship that has lasted six decades. Claudette was the first female signed to the label, making her the first lady of Motown. Claudette Rogers (Robinson), Smokey Robinson, Bobby Rogers, Pete Moore and Ronnie White, signed a recording deal with Motown, becoming THE MIRACLES. They were the first group/artists signed to the label The Tamla/Motown Records and the first million dollar-recording act for the company. The record was “Shop Around”. Smokey and Claudette were married in 1959. Over the course of nine years and several heartbreaking miscarriages, The Robinson’s finally had two miracles of their own, a son, Berry, born in 1968, and a baby girl, Tamla, born in 1970. Smokey and Claudette divorced in 1986, after being married for 27 years.
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Claudette is currently working on her autobiography, a book of her memoirs and life with The Miracles. Robinson is devoted to work as President/CEO of First Lady Miracle Publishing as well as dedicating her time to helping youth. Robinson serves on the Board of Directors of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. She is Celebrity CO-Chair of The Heroes and Legends (HAL), and a member of ASCAP-and a member of SAG-AFTRA, the union for singers, entertainers, and actors. Ms. Robinson is active in the preservation of The Motown Legacy and donates regularly to the Motown Historical Museum.
Claudette Robinson serves The Joy Community Outreach to End Homelessness, member of the Beverly Hills West Links Chapter of California for 25 years, and served on the Maple Center Community Counseling Center where she served on the Board of Governors. A devoted mother, and grandmother, Claudette Robinson remains a Christian woman of strength, who is an inspiration to family, friends, and fans.
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