United States
(1941 – 2011)

This is an online obituary dedicated to Marv Tarplin. Marvin “Marv” Tarplin was an American guitarist and songwriter, best known as the guitarist for The Miracles during the 1950s through [...]

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This is an online obituary dedicated to Marv Tarplin. Marvin "Marv" Tarplin was an American guitarist and songwriter, best known as the guitarist for The Miracles during the 1950s through the early '70s. He was one of the group's original members and co-wrote several of their hits, including "The Tracks of My Tears".

Referred to as The Miracles' "secret weapon", Marv Tarplin began his career accompanying a teenage Detroit, Michigan girl group known as The Primettes (later The Supremes). The Primettes sought an audition with Motown Records, and Marv Tarplin played guitar as they performed for Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson. Robinson was impressed by Marv Tarplin's guitar playing, and lured him away from the Primettes to join The Miracles. Marv Tarplin joined The Miracles in 1958. In the 2006 Motown DVD release, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles: The Definitive Performances 1963-1987, Robinson and fellow Miracles Pete Moore and Bobby Rogers commented that Marv Tarplin's unique guitar- playing style was reminiscent of the late Curtis Mayfield,and was actually the inspiration behind many of their greatest hits.

Whilst Marv Tarplin remained with the Miracles for as long as Robinson was their lead singer, he is only present on the cover of three classic Miracles albums: Cookin' with The Miracles (1962), I'll Try Something New (1962), and The Fabulous Miracles (1963). He is mentioned, though not pictured, on the back cover of the group's very first album, Hi... We're The Miracles (1961), and listed as an original group member. As a songwriter, Marv Tarplin helped co-compose many of the Miracles' hit singles, amongst them the million-selling Grammy Hall of Fame winner "The Tracks of My Tears" for which he received the ASCAP Award Of Merit (1965), "My Girl Has Gone" (1965), "I Like It Like That", (1964), "Going to a Go-Go" (1965), "The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage" (1967), and Point It Out (1968).

In addition, Marv Tarplin co-wrote several Robinson produced hits by Marvin Gaye, including the Top 10 million selling hits, "Ain't That Peculiar" and "I'll Be Doggone". His guitar work is featured prominently on Gaye's Top 40 hit, "One More Heartache", which he also co-wrote,and another of Gaye's chart hits, 1965's "Take This Heart of Mine". He also played on The Four Tops 1970 Top 20 hit, Still Water (Love),co-written by fellow Miracle Smokey Robinson. He also appeared with the group on The Ed Sullivan Show, the 1964 motion picture The T.A.M.I. Show, THE 1965 CBS television special, Murray The K - It's What's Happening, Baby, and virtually all of the group's personal appearance concerts worldwide, including the legendary Motortown Revue shows in the early 1960s.

Marv Tarplin died on the 30th September 2011. This online tribute has been created to remember his life and his music. May he rest in peace.
 
 
 
 
 
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