Friday, January 16, 2015

Gladys Knight & The Pips: Midnight Train To Georgia (1974)





Gladys Knight & The Pips perform “Midnight Train To Georgia,” on Burt Sugarman’s Midnight Special, in 1974; the song was released a year earlier. The song speaks about failed dreams and of romantic love having an ameliorating effect on such failures. I post the song today, just because sometimes this how I feel; but more important, it reflects a desire to go back to a time when things were simpler, less complicated, for me. Perhaps others feel the same, hence its universal appeal.

Wikipedia notes:
 “Midnight Train to Georgia” is a 1973 number-one hit single by Gladys Knight & the Pips, their second release after departing Motown Records for Buddah Records. Written by Jim Weatherly, and included on the Pips' 1973 LP Imagination, "Midnight Train to Georgia" won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus and has become Knight's signature song.
In 1999, this song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame; It is ranked no. 32 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.