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FutureStarrGladys Knight & the Pips Midnight Train to Georgia OR
Gladys Knight wrote what is considered the first hit record for the Motown Records label in 1959, catching the attention of Benny Moten Jr., producer of the label. Knight stayed with Motown until 1972 and achieved a number of hits throughout the 1960’s, blues influenced songs such as “At Last,” “Neither One of Us,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” and “Save the Last Dance for Me”.
“Midnight Train to Georgia” later arrived into Gladys Knights’ hands when Weatherly’s publisher passed the song along to the legendary R&B group. The band had just left Motown Records and signed a deal with Buddah Records. 1973’s Imaginations was their first for the new venture, and “Georgia” only their second single there. Quite noticeably, the song landed in very capable hands, and Knight injects the story with a more polished, soulful mood.
“I wanted an Al Green thing going, you know? Something moody, with a little ride to it. I’ve always liked my tracks full: horns, keyboards, and other instruments to create texture and spark something in me,” Knight expressed to the Wall Street Journal in 2013. “While recording that single, I was thinking about my own situation. My husband at the time was a beautiful saxophonist, and so gifted, but he was unhappy that we didn’t have a more traditional marriage, because I was often on the road or recording. Ultimately, it all proved too much for him, like the song said, and we divorced later, in ‘73.” (Source: americansongwriter.com)
Born in Georgia in 1944, the legendary Gladys Knight began singing with her siblings at age 8, calling themselves “The Pips”. The group opened for many R and B legends in the 1950s before heading to Motown. There started the legend that became Gladys Knight and The Pips. In 1996, Gladys Knight & the Pips were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2007, Knight received the Society of Singers ELLA Award at which time she was declared the ‘Empress of Soul’. She is currently listed on Rolling Stone’s list of the Greatest Singers of All Time. Capturing the essence of the Multi Award Winning Ms Gladys Knight, Hayley Ria Christian portrays her, capturing the true magic that Gladys Knight provides on stage. Featuring the hit songs like ‘Baby Don’t Change Your Mind’, ‘Help Me Make it Through the Night’, ‘Try to Remember/The Way We Were’, ‘Part Time Love’, ‘Licence To Kill’ and her signature tune ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’. This production is a faithful portrayal and pays homage to the Empress of Soul…..the one and only Ms Gladys Knight.
“Ed originally did the mix where he fades the whole thing,” says Domanich, a teenager living in Hillsborough at the time of the session. “Then, he faded it back in with just the tambourine, the Pips and I believe Gladys’ vocal, too, singing that whole ‘all aboard’ outro with just vocals and tambourine. That went on for another 20 seconds or so and then faded out, but somebody vetoed that during the mastering.” (Source: www.goldminemag.com)