Gladys Knight & the Pips

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Category: Timeline Created: Sunday, 14 May 1961 16:22
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Robinson produced Gladys Knight & the Pips' first hit, "Every Beat of My Heart" after he signed them to Fury.

Gladys Knight & the Pips

Bobby Robinson, Jr. produced Gladys Knight & the Pips' first hit, "Every Beat of My Heart" after he signed them to Fury Records. Gladys Knight & the Pips orginally recorded the song for a local Atlanta label called Huntom in 1961, who sold it to Vee-Jay, who in turn was sued by Fury's Bobby Robinson, Jr. because he had a contract with the group and Vee-Jay did not. Vee-Jay subsequently had to give up all rights to the group. Bobby Robinson, Jr. of Fury/Fire records flew Knight into NYC to re-record the song for a wider audience (2nd recording) with Dave "Baby" Cortez on organ. A #1 hit for The Pips on the Rhythm & Blues charts. It was the 81st #1 R&B song of the Rock Era. Huntom responded by quickly selling their version to Vee-Jay in Chicago who released "their" version soon after. Both versions were on the Billboard R&B charts simultaneously and it was the beginning of a hot streak for Gladys Knight & the Pips who had an incredible front woman singing lead, Gladys Knight; one of the first divas.

Gladys Knight & The Pips are probably the only act to record one of thier hits for 3 different labels' "Every Beat Of My Heart" was recorded and released on Vee-Jay in 1961 under the Name Pips it was the second label they recorded the song for (Fury Records) in 1962 that added Gladys' name infront of the groups, and then in 1970 they recorded the song one more time for motown.