The queen of soul graced the world on this day and we are ever so grateful for it.
Gladys Knight began singing at the age of eight with her siblings, who called themselves the Pips.
Breaking onto the scene and breaking down barriers, the Pips recorded their version of Norman Whitfield's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" — later a huge hit for Marvin Gaye — which crossed over from the rhythm and blues charts to the pop charts.
With the album Imagination (1973), Gladys Knight and the Pips achieved three gold singles: "I've Got to Use My Imagination," "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me" and the Grammy Award-winning No. 1 hit "Midnight Train to Georgia" (Best R&B Vocal Performance).
In 1973, Gladys Knight and the Pips recorded their hit "Midnight Train to Georgia." The song was originally recorded by legendary gospel singer Cissy Houston.
Gladys Knight and the Pips released their last single on the Motown label, ironically titled "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)."
Moving to MCA Records in 1987, Knight and the Pips released their final album together, All Our Love, which included the Grammy-winning single "Love Overboard." The song was featured in a very funny episode of A Different World.
Knight enjoyed a critically-acclaimed four-year run performing nightly at the famed Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, showing us all that she's still got the juice.
Knight reunited with Dionne Warwick and Elton John for a great performance.
Knight stepped out with her new single "Just a Little" and we got super excited.