September 30, 2016

Gladys Knight

Growing up in the 1970s, one of my favorite groups was Gladys Knight and the Pips. I'm finally going to be seeing her in "Lynn, Lynn the city of sin" of all places. I'm so excited to hear that beautiful voice.



I can't stop watching this terrific version of I Heard it Through the Grapevine from a V.A. hospital performance in 1970 during the Vietnam War. What a wonderful thing they did. I love their exit.

If I Were Your Woman
If I Were Your Woman, whole song
I Don't Want To Do Wrong
I Really Got To Use My Imagination, circa 1975
I Heard it Through the Grapevine on Soul Train
Friendship Train
• Midnight Train to Georgia with Neither One of Us
You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me

UPDATE: I was knocked out by Gladys Knight's show. It started with a mash-up of Nitty Gritty and Shake Your Body Down to the Ground. She then sang covers by Adele, Sam Smith and others. Her four young backup singers (2 male, 2 female) came forward and performed a Prince tribute while Gladys hung out in the background, letting them have the spotlight. The tribute ended with Knight coming forward and belting out Purple Rain. She closed the show with a very audience-involved rendition of Midnight Train to Georgia. She's called "The Empress of Soul" for a reason. Wow.

September 16, 2016

In the Midnight Ow

Groove along with the Germans. But just say "no" to puffy shirts.

September 5, 2016

Uptight and outta sight

Here's a 16-year-old Stevie Wonder singing live, circa 1966.
Here's another great clip. It looks like Swingin' Time.