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    Gladys Knight And The Pips

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    Genre:Gospel, R&B, Soul
    Rank:2487
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    Albums:31
    Songs:48

    Most Popular Songs (more)

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    Midnight Train To Georgia lyrics
    2Help Me Make It Through The Night lyrics
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    I Will Fight lyrics
    4Take Me In Your Arms And Love Me lyrics
    5On And On lyrics
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    Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me lyrics
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    Didn't You Know (You'd Have to Cry Sometime) lyrics
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    God Is lyrics
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    If I Were Your Woman lyrics
    10You Need Love Like I Do lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

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    2,257 5.0/5
    Neither One Of Us [1973]
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    4,877 5.0/5
    Life [1985]
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    9,552 5.0/5
    About Love [1980]
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    Nitty Gritty [1969]
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    Everybody Needs Love [1967]
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    Feelin' Bluesy [1968]
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    Silk N' Soul [1968]
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    Letter Full Of Tears [1962]
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    Standing Ovation [1971]
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    All In A Knight's Work [1970]

    Biography

    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 mid-tempo 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 afterwards, 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.


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