The Musical Match Of A Lifetime
By Bob Berry
It seems all great singers, or groups-the ones who do not write their own material, have one great muse.
For Gladys Knight and the Pips, it was a former All-SEC quarterback from Ole Miss, Jim Weatherly; who wrote 1973’s Grammy Award-winning “Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First to Say Goodbye)“.
It was the beginning of a magical run. Dissatisfied with their second-tier status at Motown, Gladys and the Pips moved to a new record label, Buddah, recording Weatherly’s “Where Peaceful Waters Flow”, the million-selling “You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me“, and “Between Her Goodbye and My Hello.”
And, there was one more.
“Midnight Train To Georgia” was released in August of 1973, and was an instant smash, going all the way to Number One on this day, October 27th, 1973. It became the group’s signature song, won a Grammy in 1974 for Best R&B Performance by a Group, was named to Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.
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