Song of the Day: Gladys Knight & The Pips, “Midnight Train To Georgia”

"Midnight Train To Georgia" started life as "Midnight Plane To Houston," a country song by songwriter Jim Weatherly. He sent the song to producer Sonny Limbo in Atlanta, who wanted it for Cissy Houston. Limbo loved the song, but asked Weatherly if he could change the name to "Midnight Train To Georgia." Weatherly said fine, as long as they didn’t change anything else. Weatherly’s publisher sent it to Gladys Knight & The Pips, who released it on their second single for Buddah Records. Within eight weeks of its release in August 1973, it reached #1 on the Hot 100. The song is in the Grammy Hall of Fame and is #432 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

13 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Gladys Knight & The Pips, “Midnight Train To Georgia”

  1. I remember her and the Pips on a TV show at the time as a kid doing this song…loved it ever since.

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