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One of the great soul} singers, Gladys Knight} was a performer from her childhood years, forming the Pips} with her brother Merald} and a couple cousins. They made the Top Ten in 1961 with the heavily doo wop}-influenced "Every Beat of My Heart,"} and recorded some fine, nowadays overlooked pop-soul} sides for the Fury} and Maxx} labels in the early and mid-'60s, sometimes under the direction of songwriter Van McCoy}. A couple singles from this period, "Letter Full of Tears"} and "Giving Up,"} made the Top 40, but Knight} didn't hit her commercial stride until she moved to Motown} in 1966. Steeped in the gospel} tradition, like so many soul} singers, Knight & the Pips} developed into one of Motown}'s most dependable acts, although they never quite scaled the commercial or artistic heights of fellow stars on the label like the Supremes}, Marvin Gaye}, and the Temptations}. With Norman Whitfield} providing the production and much of the songwriting, the Pips} fit into the mainstream of Motown}'s machine well, scoring big hits with some rabble-rousers (like "Friendship Train"} and the original version of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"}), mainstream midtempo soul} ("It Should Have Been Me"} and "The End of Our Road"}), and smooth ballads} like "If I Were Your Woman."}

In 1973, Knight} had her biggest Motown} hit with "Neither One of Us,"} which made number two; shortly afterward, she and the Pips} left Motown} for Buddah}. The group members were briefly superstars in 1973-1974, reeling off the smashes "Midnight Train to Georgia"} (their only number one), "I've Got to Use My Imagination,"} and "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me."} This ranked as some of their best material, but Knight} soon moved toward an easy listening}, adult contemporary} direction, one that she's maintained to this day. Now performing separately from the Pips} (who have retired), her days as a high-charting star ended after the mid-'70s, although she remains fairly popular, and maintained an active recording career into the new millennium, releasing At Last}, an album of urban} R&B}, on MCA} in 2000; One Voice}, a gospel} set, on Many Roads Records} in 2005; and Before Me}, an album of jazz} standards}, on Verve} in 2006. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide

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