Gladys Knight and the Pips were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

They were also inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation in 1998.

In Gladys Knight’s autobiography ‘Between Each Line of Pain and Glory: My Life Story’, she stated that Diana Ross asked that the group removed from being The Supremes’ opening act on a 1968 tour for, allegedly, being too good.


“I had some great mentors as I was coming up and starting to sing so early – I’ve been singing since I was four.”

At the age of seven in 1952, Gladys Knight won Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour television show contest.

While at Motown in 1968, Gladys Knight was the first person to suggest that Berry Gordy signThe Jackson 5.

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Signing to Motown Records in 1966, Gladys Knight & the Pips’ first album, ‘Everybody Needs Love’ was released in 1967, and included the single ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’.

The record sold 2.5 million copies, and at the time was Motown’s best-selling single ever.


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