Legendary Michigan Songs
15.) The Tracks Of My Tears
- Artist Name: The Miracles
- Year Inducted: 2008
- Category: Legendary Songs
"The Tracks Of My Tears" (W. Robinson, W. Moore, M. Tarplin) - The Miracles; Tamla label, # 2 Billboard R&B, # 16 Billboard Hot 100 - 1965. Inducted in 2008.
Marv Tarplin's classic lead guitar figure in the Miracles' "The Tracks Of My Tears" was inspired by his listening to Harry Belafonte's "The Banana Boat Song" at the wrong speed. Smokey Robinson and Pete Smith co-wrote the song with Tarplin, and it is a perfect match for Smokey's impassioned vocal and the Miracles' smooth backing.
"The Tracks Of My Tears" spent 12 weeks in the Hot 100, and it was an even bigger R&B hit, peaking at # 2 and spending 18 weeks on that chart.
The song also spawned three hit cover versions by Johnny Rivers, Aretha Franklin, and Linda Ronstadt. Incredibly, Rivers' cover version in 1967 charted higher on the Hot 100 than the Miracles' original. It is the Miracles' original recording of "The Tracks Of My Tears", however, that was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002.
- YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCwkZrj2VT4