Tag Archives: Gladys Knight and the Pips

THIS IS IT! MORE FROM THE VAN McCOY SONGBOOK 1962-1977.

This Is It! More From The Van McCoy Songbook 1962-77. Label: Kent Soul. Everything comes to he who waits. So says the maxim.  And that is the case with the followup long-awaited and much anticipated followup to 2010s The Sweetest Feeling, which was Kent Soul’s first collection of songs penned by Van McCoy. Now nine …

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BABY I’VE GOT IT! MORE MOTOWN GIRLS.

Baby I’ve Got It! More Motown Girls. Label: Ace Records. As 1959 dawned, Detroit based songwriter, producer and musical impresario Berry Gordy Jr had already discovered The Miracles and started to build a successful portfolio of recording artists. There was only one problem, what would Berry Gordy Jr do with these talented artists and groups? …

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CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE? THE JOHN LUONGO DISCO MIXES. 

Can You Feel The Force? The John Luongo Disco Mixes. Label: Groove Line Records.   After graduating from the Northeastern University in Boston, with a degree in Civil Engineering, twenty-four year old John Luongo decided to turn his back on the world of engineering and become a full-time DJ. He had been DJ-ing for five …

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LOVE AND AFFECTION-MORE MOTOWN GIRLS.

LOVE AND AFFECTION-MORE MOTOWN GIRLS. For a generation, Motown was the label that provided the soundtrack to their youth. They fondly remembers singles by The Temptations, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and Diana Ross. These singles bring back memories, of times, places and people. It’s escapism. Suddenly, they’re transported back in time. …

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ASHFORD AND SIMPSON-HIGH RISE.

ASHFORD AND SIMPSON-HIGH RISE. By 1983, Ashford and Simpson were about to release their eleventh album, High Rise. It was their second album for their new record label Capitol Records. High Rise was also the followup to their 1982 concept album Street Opera, which dealt with the problems couples face in economically tough times. Street Opera dealt …

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LET THE MUSIC PLAY: BLACK AMERICA DOES BACHARACH AND DAVID.

LET THE MUSIC PLAY: BLACK AMERICA DOES BACHARACH AND DAVID. It was in the Brill Building in 1957, that Burt Bacharach and Hal David first met. They were both aspiring songwriters. Burt was a twenty-nine year old music graduate from Kansas. Hal was the older of the two. He was a thirty-six year old New …

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GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS-I FEEL A SONG.

GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS-I FEEL A SONG. For too long, Gladys Knight had been in the shadow of Diana Ross at Motown. Between 1967 and 1973, Gladys Knight and The Pips released eight albums. Then in 1973, when her contract with Motown ran out, she signed to a label where she would be wanted …

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GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS-IMAGINATION.

GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS-IMAGINATION. In 1973, it came as no surprise that Gladys Knight and The Pips decided leave Motown. After all, Gladys Knight had been forced to live in the shadow of Diana Ross. To onlookers. Diana Ross was Motown’s chosen one, while Gladys Knight had to settle for second best. So after …

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GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS-IMAGINATION.

GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS-IMAGINATION. In 1973, it came as no surprise that Gladys Knight and The Pips decided leave Motown. After all, Gladys Knight had been forced to live in the shadow of Diana Ross. To onlookers. Diana Ross was Motown’s chosen one, while Gladys Knight had to settle for second best. So after …

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GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS-ABOUT LOVE.

GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS-ABOUT LOVE. By 1980 when Gladys Knight and The Pips released About Love, their career had stalled, with the group at a crossroads in their long and distinguished career. This run of hugely commercially successful albums began with their final album on Motown Neither One of Us and Lasted until 2nd Anniversary, …

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GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS-ALL I NEED IS TIME.

GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS-ALL I NEED IS TIME. Although Neither One of Us was Gladys Knight and the Pips final album released while they were signed to Motown, one further album was released after they’d signed to their new label, Buddah Records. This was All I Need Is Time, a hugely underrated and excellent …

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ASHFORD AND SIMPSON-HIGH RISE.

ASHFORD AND SIMPSON-HIGH RISE. Recently I wrote a review of Ashford and Simpson’s 1982 concept album Street Opera, which dealt with the problems couples face in economically tough times. They dealt with the problem how does a couple keep their love alive when money’s tight. The idea behind the album was the problems an ordinary …

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GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS-NEITHER ONE OF US.

GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS-NEITHER ONE OF US. I’ve always though that Gladys Knight and the Pips were one of the most underrated acts on Motown. During their time on Motown, it seemed much of the focus was on Diana Ross, and as a result, Gladys Knight’s music was somewhat overlooked. That to me is …

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