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GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS members are Gladys Knight, The Pips. GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS released Twenty four albums from 1970 till 1996. The first album GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS released in the seventies is 'All In A Knight's Work' on SOUL Records. Other albums that GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS recorded are 'Visions', 'If I Were Your Woman', 'Standing Ovation'. Three albums of GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS reached the billboard Top R&B Albums chart. The highest charted album was 'Neither One Of Us' from 1973. This album debuted 17 March 1973 on the Top R&B Albums chart and reached number 1 and lasts 32 weeks on this chart. Other charted albums are `Knight Time' #29 (Top R&B Albums) and `Life' #31 (Top R&B Albums) From 1961 till 1996 GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS released also forty eight singles. The first single GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS released in the is 'Every Beat Of My Heart' on Records. Other released tracks are 'Lover Overboard (1987 / MCA)', 'Lovin On Next To Nothin (1988 / MCA)', 'Send It To Me (1986 / MCA)', 'When You're Far Away (1983 / COLUMBIA)'.

Knight first zoomed to minor fame by winning Ted Mack's Original Amatuer Hour TV show contest at the age of 7 in 1952, due to her powerful singing voice. Her real fame started with The Pips in 1961 with the single "Every Beat of My Heart", a #1 R&B and #6 pop hit for Vee-Jay Records. In spite of a few more hits, Knight and the Pips did not achieve widespread success until 1966, after signing to Motown. While at Motown in 1968, Gladys Knight was the first person to suggest that Berry Gordy sign an up and coming act from Gary, Indiana called The Jackson 5. Gordy was reluctant to take on a kid act, however, and the Jackson 5 were not signed to Motown until Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers and Suzanne de Passe physically brought the Jacksons to Detroit, Michigan and Motown.

One of the group's first Motown singles, "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", was a #2 pop hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and a #1 R&B hit. Future hits included "Friendship Train", one of Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong's "psychedelic soul" songs, and "If I Were Your Woman". Their biggest Motown hit was 1972's #1 R&B/#2 pop hit "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)", which also happened to be their last Motown hit, as Knight and the Pips departed Motown for Buddah Records in 1973, citing Motown's lack of promotion and favoritism towards other Motown acts such as Diana Ross and The Temptations.

Recording for Buddah in the mid 1970s, the group hit its popular and critical peak with #1 R&B hits such as "Midnight Train to Georgia" (their only #1 pop hit), "I've Got to Use My Imagination", and "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me". Knight and the Pips continued ot have hits until the late 1970s; after a dry spell, they returned to the charts in the 1980s with the #1 R&B hits "Save the Overtime (For Me)" (1983) and "Love Overboard" (1987).

After a successful 1988 tour, the Pips retired and Gladys Knight began a career as a solo artist. Gladys Knight & the Pips were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, and Ms. Knight continues to tour and record occasionally.

While still with The Pips, Knight also joined with Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John on the 1986 AIDS benefit single, "That's What Friends Are For". In 1989, Gladys Knight recorded the title track for the James Bond movie Licence to Kill.

Gladys Knight's first solo LP was Good Woman, released in 1991 and featuring the #2 R&B hit "men". Her second solo LP, Just for You, went gold and was nominated for the 1995 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album.

Knight joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1997. She has occasionally teased the LDS Prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley, that his flock needs to inject some "pep" into their music. Ms. Knight created and now directs the LDS (Mormon) choir Saints Unified Voices [1] (http://www.suvchoir.org). SUV has released a CD entitled One Voice, and occasionally performs at LDS stake firesides.


* In 1987, Knight acknowledged a gambling addiction to the game baccarat. She finally called Gamblers Anonymous when she lost $45,000 in one night.
* Gladys Knight was at one time married to Barry Hankerson, uncle of singer Aaliyah.
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