Among the great spirit performers, Gladys Knight was a performer from her child years years, forming the Pips with her sibling Merald along with a few cousins. They produced the very best Ten in 1961 using the greatly doo wop-influenced “Every Defeat of My Center,” and documented some fine, today overlooked pop-soul edges for the Fury and Maxx brands in the first and middle-’60s, sometimes beneath the path of songwriter Vehicle McCoy. A few singles out of this period, “Notice Filled with Tears” and “QUITTING,” made the very best 40, but Knight didn’t strike her industrial stride until she relocated to Motown in 1966. Steeped within the gospel custom, like a lot of spirit performers, Knight & the Pips progressed into among Motown’s most reliable functions, although they by no means quite scaled the industrial or artistic levels of fellow celebrities around the label just like the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, as well as the Temptations. With Norman Whitfield offering the production and far from the songwriting, the Pips match the mainstream of Motown’s machine well, rating big strikes with some rabble-rousers (like “Companionship Teach” and the initial edition of “I Noticed It With the Grapevine”), mainstream midtempo spirit (“IT WILL HAVE ALREADY BEEN Me” and “THE FINISH of Our Street”), and easy ballads like “EASILY Were YOUR LOVER.” In 1973, Knight experienced her biggest Motown strike with “Neither Among Us,” which produced number two; soon afterward, she as well as the Pips remaining Motown for Buddah. The group users had been briefly superstars in 1973-1974, reeling from the smashes “Midnight Teach to Georgia” (their just number 1), “I’ve Surely got to Make use of My Creativity,” and “MOST SENSIBLE THING That Ever Happened certainly to me.” This rated as a few of their best materials, but Knight shortly moved toward a straightforward listening, adult modern path, one which she’s maintained even today. Now performing individually through the Pips (who’ve retired), her times being a high-charting superstar ended following the mid-’70s, although she continues to be fairly well-known, and maintained a dynamic recording career in to the brand-new millennium, releasing FINALLY, an record of metropolitan R&B, on MCA in 2000; One Tone of voice, a gospel established, on Many Streets Information in 2005; and Before Me, an record of jazz specifications, on Verve in 2006.
Awards Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, Grammy Award for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance, Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Gospel Album, BET Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Award for Best Gospel Choir or Chorus Album, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Artist, Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award
Music Groups Gladys Knight & the Pips
Music Songs Midnight Train to Georgia, Neither One Of Us, If I Were Your Woman, Missing You, The Way We Were - Try To Remember, I've Got to Use My Imagination, Love Overboard, End Of The Road, Baby Don't Change Your Mind, Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me, I Don't Want to Know, Superwoman, Wind Beneath My Wings, So Sad The Song, The Need to Be, I Said You Lied, Licence to Kill, End of the Road Medley, It's a Better Than Good Time, Where Peaceful Waters Flow, The Makings Of You, Make Yours a Happy Home, You're Number One, I Hope You Dance, Still Such a Thing, Try to Remember / The Way We Were, You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me, Best Thing That Ever Happend to Me, If I Were Your Woman II, Just a Little, Good Morning Heavenly Father, Operator
Albums Where My Heart Belongs, Before Me, Another Journey, Miss Gladys Knight, Just for You, I Feel A Song (Expanded Edition), Visions (Expanded Edition), Many Different Roads, Good Woman, The One And Only (Expanded Edition), Life (Expanded Edition), TOUCH, Nitty Gritty, About Love (Expanded Edition), Everybody Needs Love, Standing Ovation, Gladys Knight (Expanded Edition), Gladys Knight & The Pips Selected Hits Vol. 1, A Little Knight Music, Gladys Knight & The Pips Greatest Hits, In The Beginning (Expanded Edition), The Way We Were: The Best Of Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Early Hits, Gold, Collections, Superhits, It's Christmas Time Again, Six Play: Gladys Knight & The Pips - EP, The Essential Gladys Knight & The Pips, Best Of, Platinum & Gold Collection, VH-1 Behind The Music Presents: Gladys Knight & The Pips, Gladys Knight & The Pips Selected Hits Vol. 2, Best of Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Greatest Hits: Gladys Knight - I Can See Cleary Now, Greatest Hits, Soul Groove, Gladys Knight & the Pips - Every Beat of My Heart, The Gladys Knight Collection, Beautiful Ballads, Soul Pack - Gladys Knight and the Pips - EP, Love Songs, Soul Legends - Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Classic Christmas Album, Masters Of The Last Century: Best of Gladys Knight, At Last
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Female Artist, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Duo or Group, Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actress, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Gospel Artist, Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year, Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single - Group, Band or Duo
Movies I Can Do Bad All by Myself, Pipe Dreams, Hollywood Homicide, Twenty Bucks, Unbeatable Harold, Almost Christmas, Bridge to Havana, Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, B.B. King & Friends: Night of Blistering Blues, Desperado, Seasons of Love, Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen, Tom Jones Presents Girls Night Out, Most Famous Hits: Tom Jones & Friends, Cooking with B. Smith and Friends: Main Dishes, Kenny Rogers: Rollin': Vol. 1
TV Shows The First Family, Celebrity Duets, American Juniors, Charlie & Co., Man v. Food, Apollo Live
Currently tours with her choir "Saints Unified Voices" throughout the United States at LDS (Mormon) church meetinghouses, cultural events and concerts. Ray Charles' last album contains a duet with Gladys Knight which received a Grammy for Best Gospel Performance (Duet). [February 2005]
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7083 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on June 27, 1995.
She owns a chain of chicken and waffles restaurants based in Atlanta.
Has an older sister, Brenda Knight, and a younger brother, David Knight.
The name, "The Pips", came from the name of their manager, James "Pip" Wood, who is also Knight's cousin.
Parents are Merald Woodlow Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Knight.
Had a gambling problem.
Mother of Jimmy Newman III (died 1999), Kenya Jackson (née Newman), and Shanga Hankerson.
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Believe me when I say this: you can't please everyone in concert, even though I still want to. Someone always wants you to sing a song that isn't necessarily on your set list. So I'm heavy on the medleys these days.
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