Greatest Hits 1973-1985
Performer: Gladys Knight
Engineer: Ralph Moss; Ralph Moss...
Producer: Curtis Mayfield; Eugene McDaniels; Gladys Knight & The Pips; Ralph Moss; Kenny Kerner; Merald Knight; Michael Masser; Nickolas Ashford; Richie Wise; Rickey Smith; Sam Dees; Tony Camillo; Tony Macaulay; Valerie Simpson; Van McCoy; Gladys Knight; Steve Massie; Cary E. Mansfield; Charles H. Kipps, Jr.; Curtis Mayfield; Eugene McDaniels; Gladys Knight & The Pips; Ralph Moss; Kenny Kerner; Michael Masser; Nickolas Ashford; Richie Wise; Rickey Smith; Sam Dees; Tony Camillo; Tony Macaulay; Valerie Simpson; Van McCoy; Gladys Knight; Bubba Knight; Charles H. Kipps, Jr.; Steve Massie (Compilation); Cary E. Mansfield (Compilation)...
Distributor: Fontana Distribution
Notes: Gladys Knight: Gladys Knight; Edward Patten, William Guest, Bubba Knight. Personnel: Bob Babbitt (bass instrument); Andrew Smith (drums). Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl. Arrangers: Larry Wilcox; David Blumberg; Richard Tufo; Rich Tufo; Kenny Kerner; Lee Holdridge ; Merald "Bubba" Knight; Michael Masser; Richie Wise; Sam Dees; Tony Camillo; Gladys Knight. Although there is no shortage of Gladys Knight & the Pips compilations, GREATEST HITS 1973-1985 does listeners a particularly good turn by focusing on 12 of the most successful years in the R&B ensemble's history. Among the many hits presented on this 20-track collection are the soulful Jim Weatherley-penned classics "Midnight Train to Georgia" and "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me."
Gladys Knight & the Pips began as a neo doo-wop group in the early 1960s, then moved to Motown, where Knight's gospel-influenced vocals were initially deemed a little too raw for Berry Gordy's hit-machine assembly line. In 1967 they scored a hit with the original version of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," but it was soon eclipsed by Marvin Gaye's recording. However, the group eventually penetrated the pop mainstream (with the help of their own TV show) in the '70s, with huge hits including "Midnight Train to Georgia," and "The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me." The group earned a Grammy as late as 1989, but split shortly thereafter, with Knight pursuing the inevitable solo career.
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