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Gladys Knight & The Pips

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Midnight Train to Georgia Gladys Knight & The Pips 03:18
Midnight Train to Georgia Gladys Knight & The Pips 04:39
You're Number One (In My Book) Gladys Knight & The Pips 05:09
Landlord Gladys Knight & The Pips 04:29
Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye) Gladys Knight & The Pips 04:20
If I Were Your Woman Gladys Knight & The Pips 03:12
If I Were Your Woman Gladys Knight & The Pips 03:12
Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me Gladys Knight & The Pips 03:44
Where Peaceful Waters Flow Gladys Knight & The Pips 04:25
Save the Overtime (For Me) Gladys Knight & The Pips 04:41

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Storms of Troubled Times
Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me

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Biography

Best known for Midnight Train To Georgia, Gladys Knight And The Pips achieved unusual longevity with their distinctively soulful sound that switched the musical emphasis of Motown towards an R&B hybrid and had enduring influence on other groups. Raised in Atlanta, Gladys Knight was a child star, winning Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour television show contest at the age of seven and forming The Pips with her brother Bubba, sister Brenda and cousins William and Brenda Guest. Two more cousins Langston George and Edward Patten subsequently replaced Brenda Knight and Eleanor Guest as they went on to have their first hit with the Johnny Otis song Every Beat Of My Heart in 1961. Langston George quit the group soon after and then the Pips continued without Gladys when she took time out to have a family. In need of money she returned in 1964 to front the group, although it wasn't until they were signed to Motown in 1966 that they achieved international success. Their breakthrough came with I Heard It Through The Grapevine, which reached number two in the US Pop Charts and, selling 2.5 million copies, became Motown's all-time bestseller (later overtaken by Marvin Gaye's version). They went on to enjoy many other hits, including The Nitty Gritty, If I Were Your Woman and Neither One Of Us, before moving further towards R&B and switching from Motown to Buddah Records. It resulted in even greater successes with a series of Jim Weatherly songs, notably the number one hit Midnight Train To Georgia, and they continued to have hits into the 1980s. A contractual dispute led to Gladys recording separately to The Pips for a while before splitting permanently as Gladys' solo and film careers took off. Their last release together was the All Our Love album and a farewell world tour through 1988.