William Guest, a founding member of Gladys Knight & The Pips, died on Thursday, December 24th, from congestive heart failure in Detroit. The group was formed in 1953 and included Knight, her brother Bubba Knight, sister Brenda Knight and cousins William and Eleanor Guest.
Gladys Knight took to Instagram to share her thoughts on Guest’s passing. She wrote, “God in His infinite love and wisdom has a purpose and plan for each of our lives when we come to this earth and when we return home to Him. I trust him in that. My mother, Elizabeth Knight, always prayed for his guidance in raising up his children to one day be his worry servants. She heard us singing in the back yard at Bubba’s birthday, September 4th, 1952 and founded a group of family kids who became Gladys Knight & the Pips!
We have lost many along the way; Edward Patton, Eleanor Guest, and now William Guest. We tried using our gifts of music in a way that would be pleasing to God. Please, take care of their journeys home and I say thank you Lord for a long and wonderful ride.”
Guest toured with the group until 1988. He and Edward Patten then formed Patten and Guest Productions to manage artists.
In 2012, Guest and his sister, Dame Dhyana Ziegler, released his autobiography Midnight Train FROM Georgia: A Pip’s Journey.
William Guest was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 1996 and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001.
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