Gladys Knight Unisex T-Shirt

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Gladys Knight Unisex T-Shirt

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Finally, a way to show your respect for some of the greatest icons, legends and pioneers that paved the way past and present. Rock this gear in style and bring back the moments that made you, memories they gave you and/or lessons they taught you. Scroll down for a history lesson with some of our favorite clips.

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  • 4.2 oz., 100% airlume combed and ringspun cotton
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Neither One Of Us Gladys Knight and the Pips

 

Gladys Maria Knight (born May 28, 1944), known as the “Empress of Soul”, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman, and author. A seven-time Grammy Award-winner, Knight is known for the hits she recorded during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s with her group Gladys Knight & the Pips, which also included her brother Merald “Bubba” Knight and cousins William Guest and Edward Patten.

Knight has recorded two number-one Billboard Hot 100 singles (“Midnight Train to Georgia” and “That’s What Friends Are For“), eleven number-one R&B singles, and six number-one R&B albums. She has won seven Grammy Awards (four as a solo artist and three with the Pips) and is an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Vocal Group Hall of Fame along with The Pips. Two of her songs (“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “Midnight Train to Georgia”) were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for “historical, artistic and significant” value. She also recorded the theme song for the 1989 James Bond film Licence to KillRolling Stone magazine ranked Knight among the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

Early life

Knight was born in Atlanta the daughter of Merald Woodlow Knight Sr., a postal worker, and Sarah Elizabeth (née Woods). She has an older sister, Brenda, one living brother, Merald “Bubba” Jr. and one deceased brother, David. Throughout the late 40’s and early 50’s, she would sing in the church choir. She first achieved minor fame by winning Ted Mack’s The Original Amateur Hour TV show contest at the age of eight in 1952. That same year, Gladys, her brother Bubba, sister Brenda and their cousins Eleanor and William Guest began performing together during Bubba’s tenth birthday party after a record player malfunctioned. Shortly afterwards, the quintet agreed to form a group under the insistence of Gladys’ mother Elizabeth Knight. They settled on the name The Pips, inspired by the nickname of their cousin James “Pip” Woods. By 1955, the group began performing on the talent show circuit in their hometown of Atlanta, winning each talent show they entered. This success allowed them to get a record contract with Brunswick Records in 1957. At Brunswick, the group released two recordings that failed to chart. Despite this, the group was now opening for top recording acts such as Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke. By 1959, Brunswick dropped the group and both Brenda Knight and Eleanor Guest left the group to begin families. They were replaced by another cousin, Edward Patten, and a friend, Langston George.

In 1961, they recorded the Johnny Otis-penned “Every Beat of My Heart“. Because the group was without a record label, a local Atlanta label, Huntom Records, pushed the single and got a distribution deal with Vee-Jay Records to release the single. During this time, the group moved to New York where they auditioned for Bobby Robinson‘s Fury Records. Upon learning that “Every Beat of My Heart” was already becoming a hit and cutting the group out of profits, Robinson had the group re-record the song and re-release it on Fury Records. Both versions made the Billboard charts, with the Huntom/Vee-Jay version reaching number six on the Billboard Hot 100. Prior to the re-release on Fury Records, the group changed their name to Gladys Knight & the Pips. Later in 1961, the quintet released the single, “Letter Full of Tears”, which became another top 40 hit in early 1962. After a string of single releases on Fury Records Langston George left the group in 1962. That same year Knight left the group to start a family with musician and husband Jimmy Newman. 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”. Other notable songs they released on Maxx include “(There Will Never Be) Another Love”, “Either Way I Lose”, “Go Away, Stay Away”, “Maybe Maybe Baby”, “”Stop and Get a Hold of Myself”, “Who Knows” and “If I Should Ever Fall in Love”.

 

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While still with the Pips, Gladys Knight joined with Dionne WarwickStevie Wonder, and Elton John on the 1985 AIDS benefit single, “That’s What Friends Are For“, a triple No. 1 mega-hit, which won a Grammy for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.

Knight shared a stage with Patti LaBelle and Dionne Warwick for the 1986 HBO special Sisters in the Name of Love. On March 27, 1988, Knight performed a rendition of “America the Beautiful” at Wrestlemania 4 in Atlantic City, NJ. 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.

Knight released her third and most successful solo LP, Good Woman, on MCA in 1991, which hit No. 1 on the R&B album chart, featured the No. 2 R&B hit “Men”, and reached No. 45 on the main Billboard album chart—her all-time-highest showing. The album also featured “Superwoman“, written by Babyface and featuring Dionne Warwick and Patti LaBelle; the track was nominated for a Grammy. Knight and LaBelle collaborated the same year on “I Don’t Do Duets”, for LaBelle’s album Burnin’. Also in 1991, Knight performed the national anthem at Game 1 of the World Series.

Her fourth solo LP, Just for You, went Gold and was nominated for the 1995 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album.

Knight created and now directs the Mormon-themed choir Saints Unified Voices. SUV has released a Grammy Award-winning CD titled One Voice, and occasionally performs at LDS church firesides.

In April 2004, Knight performed during the VH1‘s benefit concert Divas Live 2004 alongside AshantiCyndi LauperJessica SimpsonJoss Stone, and Patti LaBelle, in support of the Save the Music Foundation.

In 2005 a duet between Knight and the late Ray Charles of “You Were There” was released on Charles’ duets album Genius & Friends.

In the spring of 2008, Knight appeared alongside Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle and Diana Ross at the ‘Divas with Heart’ concert in aid of cardiac research, at New York’s Radio City Hall. Also in 2008 Gladys, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr. and Ben Stiller performed on American Idol to raise money for charity.

In 2009 Knight sang “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” and “The Lord’s Prayer” at the funeral service for Michael Jackson.

In March 2010, Randy Jackson mentioned on a new episode of the same show that he is back in the studio with Gladys Knight working on a new album. In December 2010, Knight released the single “Settle”.

In September 2011, a new, updated recording of Tom Jones’ 1970 classic “I (Who Have Nothing)” was released on iTunes and Amazon.

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. The song was added to the movie’s soundtrack of older songs with various artists so the producers could nominate it for Best Song from a Motion Picture category at the Academy Awards.

Where My Heart Belongs (2014) marked her 30th top 40 R&B album, including work by Gladys Knight & the Pips. In a 2014, interview she expressed a hope that women would “Stand Up” and stop selling sex in the music/entertainment industry. She commented that the growing trend saddened her heart and that she had been taught to dress respectfully for her audiences … “not take it off, put it on.” Knight is ranked number eighteen on VH1 network’s list of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock.

In 2019, Knight accepted an invitation to sing the national anthem at Super Bowl LIII. She faced criticism for agreeing to perform due to the alleged blacklisting of Colin Kaepernick by the National Football League after he began protesting police brutality during pre-game anthem ceremonies. Similar criticism was expressed against the half-time show performers, Maroon 5Travis Scott, and Big Boi. Knight defended her decision to sing, claiming to understand Kaepernick’s reasons for protesting but criticizing him for kneeling during the national anthem.

In 2019, Knight was invited to play at the 100th Anniversary of Delaware State Fair, located in Harrington, Delaware.

Gladys Knight & The Pips – Midnight Train To Georgia – ( Remaster ) HD

 

Gladys Knight & The Pips – Love Overboard

 

Gladys Knight “The Way We Were” great version

 

Gladys Knight – I Don’t Want To Know (Official Video)

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UNISEX FIT & SIZE CHART

SIZEFITS CHESTLENGTH
XS34"27"
S36"28"
M40"29"
L44"30"
XL48"31"
2X52"32"
3X56"33"
4X62"34"
5x66"35"

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