Gladys Knight ~ Brief Bio
Gladys Knight, full name Gladys Maria Knight was born on May 28, 1944 in Oglethorpe, Georgia. Her mother was Sarah Elizabeth and father Merald Woodlow Knight, Sr. worked as a postal worker.
Gladys Knight started her musical career at the age of 7 in 1952 after winning a TV show contest called Original Amateur Hour. With that head-start Gladys Knight and her brother Merald, sister Brenda, and cousins William and Elenor Guest formed a musical group called The Pips the following year.
The Pips were a major group during the Seventies after joining Motown in 1966. In 1972, they won a Grammy Award with their song “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)” followed by
“Daddy Could Swear (I Declare)” in the following year.
After the successful stint with Motown, Gladys Knight and The Pips joined Buddah Records in 1973 where they continued with their streak with another Grammy winning hit titled “Midnight Train to Georgia”.
Throughout the Seventies Gladys Knight and the Pips continue to score hits after hits.
In 1987, Knight decided to pursue a solo career, and she and the Pips recorded their final LP together, All Our Love (1987), for MCA Records. Its infectious lead single, “Love Overboard”, was a #1 R&B hit and won another Grammy for the act as well. After a successful 1988 tour, the Pips retired and Knight began her solo career. Gladys Knight & the Pips were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1989 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996
Gladys Knight’s involvement in music and her popularity never weaned till the present day.