Gladys Knight was born in Georgia in May 1944. At the tender age of seven, she won TV’s Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour where she received her first and certainly not her last taste of fame.
In 1952 her brother Merald, her sister Brenda and her cousins Edmund and Eleanor Guest formed a music group to sing gospel in local churches. In 1957 they turned professional and called themselves the Pips after their manager, Pip Woods. In 1960 the Pips recorded their first hit record “Every Beat of My Heart”.
In 1966 the group joined fast growing Motown rooster and began to produce hit after hit. The group has more than 50 singles on the pop and soul charts with their biggest hits including “Letter Full of Tears”, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “Love Overboard”.
In 1987, Gladys Knight decided to pursue a solo career but soon after Gladys Knight and The Pips were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Throughout her career as a solo artist, she released over four albums, won countless Grammy Awards and worked with some of the biggest names in the music business.
In October 2009, Gladys Knight began her farewall tour in the UK. Although Gladys has retired from releasing any new music, her timeless classics will be played for years to come.