the tracks of my tears - miracles - cover by Marv Tarplin

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Like a number of Miracles songs, "The Tracks of My Tears" finds Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson as a man hiding the sadness of a bad breakup behind a false smile and laugh. "Outside I'm masquerading/Inside, my hope is fading", he sings. "If you look closer, it's easy to trace/The tracks of my tears." Written by Robinson, Pete Moore, and Miracles guitarist Marv Tarplin, "The Tracks of My Tears" was a #2 hit on the Billboard magazine R&B singles chart, and reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single also was a Top 10 hit in England, reaching #9 on the UK singles chart. On the Motown five-LP release The Motown Story, Robinson explains the origin of the song: "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 - [singing melody] you know, and we worked around with it, and worked around, and it became "Tracks of My Tears." In a 2006 poll for a Channel 5 program Britain's Favourite Break-up Songs, it was voted sixteenth. In early 2007, the Miracles' original version of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. This song strongly inspired Pete Townshend to write the 1966 hit song Substitute because of Robinson's use of that word.

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Artist: Marv Tarplin
Video title: the tracks of my tears - miracles - cover
Category: Rock & Heavy Metal

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