Marv Tarplin

Marv Tarplin

Birth
Atlanta, DeKalb County, Georgia, USA
Death 30 Sep 2011 (aged 70)
Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 77373304 · View Source
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Musician, Songwriter. Best known for his work as a member of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Tarplin's career in music began during the late 1950s, initially as guitarist with the group The Primettes (which later became The Supremes). During an audition with the Primettes at Motown Records, Tarplin was asked by Smokey Robinson to perform in a few shows with The Miracles. This would lead to his becoming a regular member of the ensemble, which lasted for the duration of Robinson's tenure with the group. Nicknamed by his band mates "secret weapon", he contributed to the penning of such classic songs as "The Tracks of My Tears" (1965) and "Going to a Go-Go" (1965), in addition to his instrumental efforts. During that period, he co-wrote other prominent hits for Motown including "I'll Be Doggon" (1965) and "Ain't That Peculiar" (1965), recorded by Marvin Gaye. After Robinson's departure during the early 1970, Tarplin remained with him as his writing partner as they yielded the hits "Cruisin'" (1978) and "Being with You" (1981). He remained an active performer until the late 2000s.

Bio by: C.S.


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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 30 Sep 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 77373304
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Marv Tarplin (13 Jun 1941–30 Sep 2011), Find a Grave Memorial no. 77373304, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.