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Tarplin was best known as the guitarist for Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and was often referred to by the band as their "the secret weapon." Tarplin co-wrote several of the Miracles' hits including 'The Tracks of My Tears,' which was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. He purportedly wrote the song while rearranging chords to a calypso he'd heard Harry Belafonte perform.
Tarplin was born in Atlanta and later moved to Detroit with his family, where his guitar skills improved. He originally came to the Motown label as the guitar player for the Primettes, a young girl group, who would later become the Supremes. Robinson was so taken by his talent for guitar that he eventually snared him for the Miracles.
Mr. Tarplin also worked with Marvin Gaye on several songs including 'Ain't That Peculiar' and 'I'll Be Doggone.' He continued to collaborate closely with Smokey Robinson throughout his career until retiring from touring in 2008.
Marv Tarplin is survived by three daughters.