Gladys Knight and The Pips had six Top Ten tunes in the early Seventies, for a total of thirty weeks in the Top Ten.
It’s not hard to believe that “Midnight Train To Georgia” was their biggest hit during that period, and might be their biggest hit ever. It spent eight weeks in the Top Ten and reached #1 in October 1973. This was the first song they did for Buddah Records.
Earlier in 1973, their song “Neither One Of Us” reached the Top Ten, where it stayed for six weeks, peaking at #2. This was their last song for Motown Records.
The group, comprised of Gladys, brother Merald (a/k/a Bubba), and cousins William Guest and Edward Patten, split in 1989, with Gladys launching a successful solo career and the rest retiring. Guest and Patten formed Guest and Patten Productions in Detroit, later The Crew Entertainment Company. Both have since passed on, Guest from congestive heart failure in 2015, Patten from complications of diabetes in 1997. Bubba continues to oversee Gladys’s career as her tour manager, joining her onstage occasionally.
Gladys Knight and The Pips, your Two for Tuesday, April 18, 2017.