Knight and her group scored their second hit, â€śLetter Full of Tears,â€ť in 1962. It led to their signing to Motown Records in 1966, which served endorse the groupâ€™s hit songs: â€śI Heard It Through the Grapevineâ€ť (1967), â€śThe Nitty Grittyâ€ť (1969), â€śFriendship Trainâ€ť (1969), â€śIf I Were Your Womanâ€ť (1970), â€śI Donâ€™t Want To Do Wrongâ€ť (1971), the Grammy-winning â€śNeither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)â€ť (1972) and â€śDaddy Could Swear (I Declare)â€ť (1973). Since they were regarded as a second-string act, Knight and the Pips left Motown and joined Buddah Records.
With the fresh partner, Knight and her group won a Grammy for their No.1 pop hit â€śMidnight Train to Georgiaâ€ť (1973), as well as hit the charts with â€śI’ve Got to Use My Imaginationâ€ť and â€śBest Thing That Ever Happened to Me.â€ť The greater success brought Knight to the acting world, where she 1st appeared as Maria Wilson in the drama Pipe Dreams (1976) and immediately earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Acting Debut in a Motion Envision (Female). Following some legal issues with the record company, Knight released her first solo recordings, Miss Gladys Knight (1978) and Gladys Knight (1979), which spawned the singles â€śIâ€™m Coming Home Againâ€ť (1978), â€śItâ€™s A Better Than Good Timeâ€ť (1978) and â€śAm I Too Lateâ€ť (1979). The solo attempt, however, did not make a significant impact.
Rejoining The Pips, Knight returned to the top of the R&B charts with â€śSave the Overtime (For Me)â€ť (1983). She also guest starred as herself in two sitcoms, â€śThe Jeffersonsâ€ť (1983) and â€śBensonâ€ť (1984), before being cast as a regular in the short-lived series â€śCharlie and Co.â€ť (1985, starred as Diana Richmond).
Knight took a crack at producing with the TV special music technique Sisters in the Name of Love (1986, received a CableACE nomination for Performance in a Music Special), in which she also performed with Patti LaBelle, Dionne Warwick and much more. The same year, Knight recorded the Grammy-winning AIDS advantage single â€śThatâ€™s What Friends Are Forâ€ť (1986) with Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and more.
With The Pips, Knight took home her next Grammy for the single â€śLove Overboardâ€ť (1987) and had a successful tour in 1988. Yet, the Pips decided to retire, giving way to Knightâ€™s solo career. Before long, the singer slipped her name on the UK chart thanks to â€śLicense to Killâ€ť (1989), the theme song for the James Bond movie with the same title.
Within two years, Knight issued her third album, Good Woman (1991), which ruled the R&B album chart. It featured â€śMenâ€ť (R&B No.2 hit), â€śMeet Me in the Middleâ€ť and â€śWhere Would I Beâ€ť (1992). She also had the supporting role of Mrs. McCormac in the comedy movie Twenty Bucks (1993) and took part in a lot of first episodes of â€śNew York Undercoverâ€ť (1994, played Natalie).
Knightâ€™s fourth studio album, Just for You (1994), fared even better with gold certification and a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Album. Subsequent to the album Many Different Roads (1998), the artist eventually won a Grammy after launching At Last (2001). In the meantime, Knight appeared with minor roles in series like â€śLiving Singleâ€ť (1997) and â€śThe Jamie Foxx Showâ€ť (1997, 2001), as well as in the movie Hollywood Homicide (2003, as Olivia Robidoux) and Unbeatable Harold (2005, played Phyllis).
As a devotee of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-working day Saints, Knight set up the choir group Saints Unified Voices and recorded One Voice (2005), which gave her another Grammy. The recipient of the 2005 BET Lifetime Achievement award also shared a Grammy with Ray Charles thanks to their duet in the gospel song â€śHeaven Help Us All,â€ť taken from Charlesâ€™ album, Genius Loves Company. Recently, the singer performed at the 2006 musical tribute to Coretta Scott King, the wife of activist Martin Luther King, Jr., at the Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary.
|Date of Birth||28 May 1944|
|Place of Birth||Atlanta, Georgia, USA|
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