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Gladys Knight & The Pips

One of the great soul singers, Gladys Knight was a performer from her childhood years, forming the Pips with her brother Merald and a couple cousins. They made the Top Ten in 1961 with the heavily doo wop-influenced "Every Beat of My Heart," and recorded some fine, nowadays overlooked pop-soul sides for the Fury and Maxx labels in the early and mid-'60s, sometimes under the direction of songwriter Van McCoy. A couple singles from this period, "Letter Full of Tears" and "Giving Up," made the Top 40, but Knight didn't hit her commercial stride until she moved to Motown in 1966. Steeped in the gospel tradition, like so many soul singers, Knight & the Pips developed into one of Motown's most dependable acts, although they never quite scaled the commercial or artistic heights of fellow stars on the label like the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, and the Temptations. With Norman Whitfield providing the production and much of the songwriting, the Pips fit into the mainstream of Motown's machine well, scoring big hits with some rabble-rousers (like "Friendship Train" and the original version of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"), mainstream midtempo soul ("It Should Have Been Me" and "The End of Our Road"), and smooth ballads like "If I Were Your Woman."

In 1973, Knight had her biggest Motown hit with "Neither One of Us," which made number two; shortly afterward, she and the Pips left Motown for Buddah. The group members were briefly superstars in 1973-1974, reeling off the smashes "Midnight Train to Georgia" (their only number one), "I've Got to Use My Imagination," and "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me." This ranked as some of their best material, but Knight soon moved toward an easy listening, adult contemporary direction, one that she's maintained to this day. Now performing separately from the Pips (who have retired), her days as a high-charting star ended after the mid-'70s, although she remains fairly popular, and maintained an active recording career into the new millennium, releasing At Last, an album of urban R&B, on MCA in 2000; One Voice, a gospel set, on Many Roads Records in 2005; and Before Me, an album of jazz standards, on Verve in 2006. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed in the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. You started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this in at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers band will appear on the screen in big letters it's so scary because it actually works Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed.
..big shout to RZA !
Seeing u w/ da Gap band was one of da greatest show on record thks Gladys & Pips D......Maste r
My mothers favoite song she played this song all the time. I never knew why but as I got older I realize why. Her and my dad were going through a divorce . RIP momma love you . Gladys you are a classic still looking good
I love me some Gladys. No voice compares. Never heard such a voice that could evoke such emotion. Love you Mama Gladys.
Can listen to her all day
I love this some cus it reminds me of my college days
I love this lady
love you gladys welcome to virginia this summer i hope
I grow up this song.
I SAY THANK U FOR THE ORIGNAL DIVAS PAVE THE WAY UP COMING ARTISTS COMING ALONE SMILE......
"Hold On"To A Good-Thang
LOVE'S Disciple*978 * ~ 6 m 1 4 y ~
My girl
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Tracychaman
gladys is the best iam 60 i hope i look as good as her when i am 70
Again my dear! I falling in love and can't break free just can't help myself! Now that's some words to tell a man!
Happy birthday Gladys Maria Knight! I hope I look as good as you when I hit 70!! You are fabulous!, and one dynamic vocalist!
Today Gladys celebrate her 70th birthday.. Happy bday Gladys!!! Sadly, today we lost a great Poet, civil rights activist, dancer, film producer, television producer, playwright, film director, author, actress, and professor, the multitalente d Maya Angelou...
You go
No one can blow like Gladys. She is the epitome of grace, style and dignity. She is one of the nicest women I have ever had the privilege of meeting.
rellimme
The moon is out tonight in Valdosta, Ga.and Glandy Knight is in the air from the class of 64. We are passing on ,but we love all the song .
I think many of us can remember a deep special love that you know is over but still don't want to let go of. But 15+ years later, I have survived! And when I hear this song I always remember that special love.
Timeless Gladys you are a true singer OMG I love this woman all her music brings back memories of growing up
Hit house bound old school baby that's me
This is my jam
Youis a queen
Youis sodeep
On and on!
My favorite vocalist! She is a legend in the industry and a lot of so called divas could learn from her! Classy, dignified, and she exudes confidence and professional i s m .
It keeps me feeling connected to my late mother TerryAnn who loved Gladys Knight & The Pips (:
merlg61611
This voice & group as a whole takes me back to the days of real music.
The voice that makes you smile and reminisce ...
Classic. .... SOOTHING MUSIC
dclark385
There just is no other like Gladys and the real divas like Aretha Franklin, Diana Warwick, and let's not forget Patti La Bell now those were singers who didn't need to depend on voice tricks or electronics and all the rest to put on a sold out show. It was the talent
THE WAY WE WERE I SONG THAT AT MY GRADE GRADUTION THE WHOLE CLASS CRIED THAT DAY IT WAS SUNNY OUTSIDE THAT BUT IT WAS SAD TO SAY GOOD-BYE TO MY FRIENDS. BUT GOD BROUGH ONE OF MY BEST FRIEND BACK IN MY LIFE LOVE HER DEARLY FRIEND AND SISTER SMILE..
A real soul sister with a dynamic voice! You have to see Gladys in person! I love her!
Come in wk-end time ???
I LOVE THIS SONG,
I can listen to Gladys knight songs all night long
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Music just not the same.
REAL SOUL MUSIC!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
If I Were Your Woman This song has always done something to me, even though I never experience that feeling
Gladys , Gladys see u in. The. Va Feb 14 2014 at the. Landmark girl
WOW WOW WOW !!!!
GLADYS KNIGHT //// THE PIPS \\\
aristidesg1
Wonderful music from Gladys Knight and the Pips. She has a beautiful voice, and the choir is unsurpassed!
His world
LIKE SHE SAYS UR ALL I NEED!!. WERE R U ?
I really love this song so much it makes me want to cry after all the times we had with my Aunt Dotty Girl I just misses her so much and my uncle Tu-Tu I just miss them so much
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