*Claudette Robinson is the official First Lady of Motown. She was so named by the Chairman himself, Berry Gordy.
As a teenage songstress, she had the great fortune of being a member of The Matadorettes, the sister group to The Matadors.
A short time later, she joined Robert “Bobby” Rogers, Warren “Pete” Moore and Ronald “Ronnie” White, and they became The Miracles, led by a young crooner named Smokey Robinson.
Claudette Rodgers was the first lady signed to the Motown label and later she married Smokey Robinson. Although she and Smokey parted ways many years ago, she is still a royal heir of the Motown dynasty of great music.
Claudette is currently celebrating her new book titled Claudette’s Miraculous Motown Adventure. The purpose is to teach kids about Motown and to inspire them to make music and follow their dreams.
Claudette was also motivated to tell the story of the original members who are no longer with us. Like with most children’s books, Claudette’s Miraculous Motown adds a fanciful element to the story where Little Claudette lives in the magic kingdom of Motown, filled with happy kids who sing and dance. Once day she finds a box of miracles and they conspire to bring more light and music to the world.
Claudette spoke with EURweb’s Jazzy Rita at length about her career and new book.
Mrs. Claudette Robinson is a timeless wonder. In 1960, The Miracles’ “Shop Around” became Tamla/Motown’s ﬁrst million-seller, prompting Mr. Gordy to bestow a special ofﬁcial title on Claudette: “The First Lady of Motown.”
The Miracles sold 60 million records over six decades, blessing the world with hits like Shop Around, You Really Got A Hold On Me, The Tracks of my Tears, Ooo Baby Baby and many more. To order Claudette’s Miraculous Motown Adventure go to Amazon.com. For more on Claudette Robinson visit: ClaudetteRobinson.com.
LaRita “Jazzy Rita” Shelby is a writer & entertainer and Director of Digital Strategy & Sales for EURweb.com, newly branded Everything Urban & Radioscope. Chat, swap ideas & vision at JazzyRita@EURweb.com