Gladys Knight & The Pips were an R&B/soul family musical act from Atlanta, Georgia, active from 1953 to 1989. The group was best known for their string of hit singles on Motown’s “Soul” record label and Buddah Records from 1967 to 1975, including “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1967) and “Midnight Train to Georgia” (1973). The longest-lived incarnation of the act featured Gladys Knight on lead vocals, with The Pips, who included her brother Merald “Bubba” Knight and their cousins Edward Patten and William Guest, as backup singers.
The final phase of Gladys Knight & The Pips recording career would be on MCA Records, initially with “Send It To Me” from the Miami Vice II album in 1986 followed up with their final album “All Our Love” and the hit single “Love Overboard” in 1987.
Love Overboard” was a Grammy Award-winning single. The single was significant because it was the first Top 40 hit for the group in over a decade, and their final Pop Top 40 release as well.
“Love Overboard” was the group’s last of ten #1 hits on the Hot Black Singles chart. It crossed over to #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart as well. The single was also successful on the dance charts, peaking at number four. It also peaked at #59 on the Canada RPM Top 100 Singles chart.
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