Edward Patten was born.
William Guest was born.
Merald “Bubba” Knight was born.
Gladys Knight is born in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Pips hit #1 on the R&B chart and #6 on the pop chart with “Every Beat Of My Heart”.
“I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong and recorded by Gladys Knight and the Pips, rises to Number Two. Exactly a year later, Gaye’s own version will become the top song in the country.
Gladys Knight & the Pips hit #2 with “Neither One of Us (Wants To Be the First To Say Goodby)”.
“Midnight Train to Georgia,” by Gladys Knight and the Pips, tops the Billboard singles charts. It is their first #1 pop hit, though they’ve previously had 4 chart-toppers on the R&B side.
“That’s What Friends Are For,” a collaboration between Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and Elton John (and credited to “Dionne and Friends") enters the Top Forty. This benefit single for the American Foundation for AIDS Research will hold down the #1 spot for four weeks.
“Love Overboard” returns Gladys Knight and the Pips to the pop charts after a 12-year absense. It peaks at #13 pop and #1 R&B.
Gladys Knight and the Pips are inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the eleventh annual induction dinner. Mariah Carey is their presenter.