Gladys Knight

NEWS: Gladys Knight to Perform at Super Bowl Opening

Soul legend Gladys Knight to sing The Star Spangled Banner at Super Bowl!

by Christopher Smith

It has been announced that soul legend Gladys Knight will perform the US national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner” at the opening of this years Super Bowl in Georgia, Atlanta on 3rd February, echoing her classic song “Midnight Train To Georgia”.

The 74 year old who can boast of over 60 years in music and performed at Aretha Franklin’s funeral last year will headline the event where Maroon 5 will take to the stage for the half time show along with rapper Travis Scott and Big Boi.

Recently there had been criticism directed at some black artists for failing to show solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kapaernick, who has been without a club since 2016 after ‘taking a knee’ during the performance of the anthem in protest against racial injustices, But in an interview with Variety, Knight said “I intend to give the anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life”.

Apparently Rihanna and Cardi B turned down the opportunity to play to an audience of over 100 million because of the on-going tensions that exist.

But perhaps with an unquestionable and outstanding career behind her, only a giant can lift hearts and blow away any fears there may be of potential trouble and outspoken minds.

Apart from “Georgia”, Gladys Knight will be remembered for her work with the group The Pips in the 1950’s through to the 1970’s with hits like “Every Beat Of My Heart”, “Take Me In Your Arms And Love Me”, “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)” and “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me”.

In 1985 she teamed up with Dionne Warwick, Elton John and Stevie Wonder for the number one “That’s What Friends Are For” and in 1989 performed the title song from the James Bond film “Licence To Kill”. In 1996 Gladys Knight and The Pips were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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