Personalities | Gladys Knight & The Pips | Sixties | Rock

(Vocal group, 1952–88)

One of many 1950s doo-wop groups scraping a reputation on the R&B circuit, Gladys Knight and The Pips (brother Merald and cousins William Guest and Edward Patten) only came to mainstream attention on signing with Motown in 1966, where they had minor hits and the 1967 million-seller original of ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’. Overlooked by the Motown machine, they switched to Buddah in 1973 just as their ‘Neither One Of Us’ was climbing to US No. 2.

At Buddah they made their lasting mark with smooth soul ballads: ‘Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me’, ‘The Way We Were’ and a US No. 1 cover of Brook Benton’s ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’. When The Pips retired in 1988, Knight had a UK solo hit with Bond theme ‘License To Kill’. In 2005, she won her seventh Grammy for One Voice, a gospel release. 2006’s Before Me was a collection of jazz standards.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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