Knight released her third and most successful solo LP, Good Woman, on MCA in 1991, which hit No. At 17 Gladys was already a seasoned veteran of the stage, having won her first TV contest, The Original Amateur Hour at … The Empress of Soul, known most for her classic recordings with the Pips, and a Grammy-winning gospel and R&B artist on her own. [30] In 2003, she had a small role in the movie Hollywood Homicide, which starred Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett. On March 27, 1988, Knight performed a rendition of "America the Beautiful" at Wrestlemania 4 in Atlantic City, NJ. For example, "Midnight Train to Georgia" hit the UK pop charts Top 5 in the summer of 1976, a full three years after its success in the U.S. During this period of greater recognition for her, Knight debuted acting in the film, Pipe Dreams, a romantic drama set in Alaska. The Pips remained in Detroit. While still with the Pips, Gladys Knight joined with Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John on the 1985 AIDS benefit single, "That's What Friends Are For", a triple No. Despite this, the group was now opening for top recording acts such as Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke. She was previously married to Les Brown, Barry Hankerson and James Newman. She made her solo debut at … Her children attended Gesu Catholic Grade School. [4][5] She also recorded the theme song for the 1989 James Bond film Licence to Kill. In 1989 she recorded "Licence to Kill", the title track for James bond film of the same name, a Top 10 hit in the UK and Germany. Brenda and Eleanor were eventually replaced with cousin Edward Patten and friend Langston George, and the group went on their first national tour when Gladys was 11 years old. She married musician James "Jimmy" Newman in 1960. During this period, Knight kicked a gambling addiction to the game baccarat. [41], Previously a Baptist, in 1997 she was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), following her son and daughter joining the LDS church. In 1964, she returned to the group, and they signed with Larry Maxwell's Maxx label, releasing several modest hits produced by Van McCoy, including the original version of "Giving Up" and "Lovers Always Forgive". Signing with Columbia Records in 1980 and restored to its familiar quartet form, Gladys Knight & the Pips began releasing new material. [20] In a 2014, interview she expressed a hope that women would "Stand Up" and stop selling sex in the music/entertainment industry. At Brunswick, the group released two recordings that failed to chart. [18], In 2013 Knight recorded the Lenny Kravitz written and produced song "You And I Ain't Nothin' No More" for the soundtrack from Lee Daniels' motion picture The Butler. Join or Sign In. [37] Their son, James "Jimmy" Gaston Newman III was born on August 13, 1962. Knight married Blackground Records founder and producer Barry Hankerson in 1974. CD: $18.94. Her genres include R&B, soul, pop, and gospel. 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Gladys Knight was born on May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Gladys Maria Knight. She became pregnant at the age of 16. Very Best of Gladys Kn… Gladys Knight & Pips. In 2019, Knight accepted an invitation to sing the national anthem at Super Bowl LIII.

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