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Happy Birthday, Gladys Knight!!!

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Happy Birthday to Gladys Knight, who turns 71 today (May 28th)!!! Born in Atlanta, Knight got her start performing gospel music in her local church choir, and by the age of seven she won first prize on the TV show Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour. Shortly thereafter, Knight helped form the Pips with her brother Merald — better known as “Bubba” — and two cousins, Edward Patten and William Guest.

The group signed to Motown Records in 1966, where they scored major hits such as “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” “If I Were Your Woman,” and “Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye).” After leaving Motown in the mid-’70s, Knight and the Pips moved to Buddha Records and recorded a string of smashes, including “Midnight Train To Georgia” and “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me.” Gladys Knight & The Pips parted ways in 1989 and Knight continues to record as a solo artist. In 2007 Knight released her critically acclaimed collection of standards, called Before Me.

Knight continues to tour frequently and says that she never tires of performing: “I have really, over my lifetime, been given something wonderful. And I didn’t know it in the beginning, y’know? It took me a while to realize that I had been blessed with something. But I’ve been singing all of this time, and y’know, every time I step on that stage, the other blessing is, it’s brand new for me. So I just love it, I really do.”

August 9 – Los Angeles, CA – Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE
September 11 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia Festival At Ravinia Park

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