Sunday, October 27, 2013

40 Year Itch: Midnight Train Hits #1

She was so ubiquitous on the radio, some of us may still be taking the enormous vocal talent of Gladys Knight for granted. We really shouldn't. She could do it all. The smooth soul numbers were the ones that charted but dig a little deeper and you'll find some gritty funk as well.

The first Gladys Knight and the Pips album for Buddah Records, Imagination, produced three gold singles including "Midnight Train to Georgia" which hit #1 this week in 1973. The two-time Grammy winning album also contained "I've Got to Use My Imagination" (R and B#1/Pop#4) and "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me" ( R and B #1/ Pop #3).

Our fave deep cut from this album is The Pips taking lead vocals on "Window Raisin' Granny".

1973 was a great year for Gladys Knight and the Pips whose previous album Neither One of Us, their last for Motown,  contained the big #2 pop hit "Neither One of Us ( Wants To Be The First to Say Goodbye)", the Top 20 hit "Daddy Could Swear I  Declare" and a funky take on Bill Withers' "Who Is She ( And What is She to You)".

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