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The Miracles - My Girl Has Gone Label image

A Tamla Motown Collection – Part 40

The Miracles – My Girl Has Gone – TMG 540

This is not the best known of the Miracles catalogue and as the follow-up to The Tracks of My Tears, it simply isn’t a very strong song.

The track was lifted from the Miracles album, Going To A Go Go, although I am not sure whether the single or the album actually came first.

It was written by Smokey and the Miracles, who were becoming a seriously self-contained songwriting and production unit within the Motown stable, in my view outstripping even the Holland-Dozier-Holland Machine at this time. It was logical, therefore, for them to take control of their own output. However,from the evidence in these grooves, the pressure on Smokey and the team to come up with original hits for other artists seems to have led to him using a tried and tested formula song for his own group’s single.

Lyrically, it’s nowhere near Smokey’s best, but we can forgive him when the next single will turn out to be the title track, and timeless classic from that album, Going To A Go Go.

A Tamla Motown Collection – Part 22

The Miracles – Tracks Of My Tears – TMG 522

What is there to say about this track that hasn’t already said far more eloquently? It was the biggest hit of the prolific Tamla Motown group, The Miracles and their leader/singer Smokey Robinson.

Written by Smokey Robinson, Pete Moore (bass vocalist) and Marv Tarplim (Guitarist). The story behind the song described by Smokey Robinson —

Tracks of My Tears’ was actually started by Marv Tarplin, who is a young cat who plays guitar for our act. So he had this musical thing, you know, and we worked around with it, and worked around, and it became ‘Tracks of My Tears’.

The song was the Miracles 4 million seller in the USA, but their second UK Tamla Motown Release. It wasn’t a huge UK hit until its re-release in 1969. Since then, This song has also been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and is listed by Rolling Stone magazine as Number 50 in its listing of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.