“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” was recorded by many artists. The first group to record it was Smokey Robinson and the Miracles but they didn’t release it as a single. Then Gladys Knight and the Pips did this great version of the song. It went to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart for the weeks of Dec. 2 – 30, 1967. On the Cash Box chart it went to number one for the week of Jan. 7 – 13, 1968. The song will be back again toward the end of the year with another great version by Narvin Gaye.
Gladys Knight and the Pips had been around since 1962 but didn’t have much success until “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” The song propelled them to popularity.It had always been a family group. By 1968 the Pips consisted of Gladys’ brother Merald “Bubba” Knight, cousin William Guest and cousin Edward Patten. The biggest hit for the group was “Midnight Train to Georgia” (1973) for which they won a Grammy Award. The group was also inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
Gladys still does some concerts. You can find dates on her very nice looking website. Music starts playing when you go there.