Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Motownobit: Marv Tarplin

Marv Tarplin, one of Smokey Robinson's Miracles, has died.

Besides his guitar work on the records, Tarplin was a writer, collaborating with Robinson on this:

Tarplin had joined Motown at the end of the 1950s, originally as a backing guitarist for The Primettes (The Supremes as they would become later). Robinson spotted his talent, and grabbed him for the Miracles. When Smokey went solo, Tarplin originally planned to stay with The Miracles, but within a year was back besides Robinson. He would stick with him until his 2008 retirement.

The cause of death has not been made public; Marv Tarplin was 70 years old.

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