Motown guitarist and songwriter Marv Tarplin has died in Las Vegas at the age of 70. Tarplin, an original member of Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, co-wrote many of that group’s hits, including “Tracks of My Tears” and “Going to a Go-Go.” Quoted by BBC News, Motown Alumni Association’s  Billy Wilson said of Tarplin:

His creative backbeat rhythms on guitar allowed the powers that be to find the creative juices to formulate what would become major classic hits for Motown.

Read more at BBC right here.

And go listen to The Miracles.