Very sad to hear about the death of Pete Moore, one of Smokey Robinson’s miracles. Pete sang bass for the Miracles as well as contributing to the songwriting. For Tracks of my Tears, which I believe to be one of the truly great Motown tunes, he wrote this line:

“Outside, I’m masquerading.
Inside, my hope is fading.
Just a clown, since you put me down…”

If the man had done nothing else in his life, that would surely have been enough, but it wasn’t. He also wrote songs for Linda Ronstadt, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, George Michael, The Rolling Stones, Ramsey Lewis, Tom Jones, Luther Vandross, The Temptations, The Four Tops and Debby Boone.

I suspect when the news of his passing was announced, many people reacted with a “Who?” and that’s fair enough because of the sheer greatness of Smokey Robinson himself. Warren ‘Pete’ Moore was one of the giants of soul music, even though his name was not always in lights.

Another one gone.