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Nov 1, 2016

A six-pack of Gladys Knight facts

Greenville News

Donna Isbell Walker , [email protected]:20 p.m. EDT October 31, 2016

Singer Gladys Knight has been a musical legend for going on six decades now. Her nickname is “Empress of Soul,” and her string of hits with the Pips started with 1961’s “Every Beat of My Heart.”

Knight will bring her distinctive voice to the Peace Center on Nov. 10 for a solo performance. Here are six fun facts to get you ready for the show:

  1. At age 7, Knight won the TV talent competition “Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour.”
  2. Knight was nominated for a Golden Globe for her debut in the 1976 film “Pipe Dreams.”
  3. The rock classic “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” has been recorded by countless artists, including Marvin Gaye and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Gladys Knight and the Pips had the first release of the song, in 1967.
  4. She performed the theme song for the 1989 James Bond film “Licence to Kill.”
  5. Gladys Knight has recorded duets with such artists as Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis and Patti LaBelle, and her duet with Ray Charles, “Heaven Help Us All,” won the 2004 Grammy for Best Gospel Performance.
  6. In 2009, she performed “The Lord’s Prayer” and “His Eye is on the Sparrow” at Michael Jackson’s funeral.

YOU CAN GO

Who: An Evening With Gladys Knight

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10

Where: Peace Center

How much: $65-$85