Gladys Knight and The Pips Reach #1 Today (1973)

Gladys Knight and The Pips

Gladys Knight and The Pips reached #1 on the pop charts where they stayed for two weeks (as well as an impressive 4 weeks at #1 on the R&B) on October 27, 1973, with the song “Midnight Train To Georgia.” The song was written by country singer Jin Weatherly, and was originally recorded as “Midnight Plane To Houston.

Gladys Knight and The Pips were an R&B  family musical act from Atlanta, Ga active from 1953 to 1989. The group was best known for their string of hit singles on Motown’s “Soul” record label and Buddah Records from 1967 to 1975, including “I Heard it Through The Grape Vine” (1967) and “Midnight Train To Georgia” (1973). The longest-lived incarnation of the act featured Gladys Knight on lead vocals, with The Pips, who included her brother Merald Bubba Knight and their cousins Edward Paten and William Geust as backup singers.

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