Thank definitly one of those songs on everyone's "when i'm driving alone" CDs haha a classic song even though the pips have less words than Ron Maclean on Coach's Corner they truly create the song's soul In an interview Gladys said when she heard the title was "Midnight Plane To Houston" she said "I'm from Georgia, I don't know anything about airplanes or Houston, TX", so they changed the title to something she said she was more comfortable with - trains and Georgia.
If you ever want a good laugh while enjoying this song in the car, sing only the Pips backup vocals.
Gladys Knight and the Pips were inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1996... It was the 1st in four straight records by the Atlanta quartet to make the Top 5; after this one came "I've Got to Use My Imagination" , "Beat Thing That Ever Hasppened to Me" , and "On and On" ... Me & Phosphorina are no "spring chickens" ourselves any more, but we still love this big hit. I heard this for the 1st time on a Sirius Golden Oldies station recently. And those harmonies by The Pips are "outa sight."When "Midnight Train to Georgia" was #1 on the charts, I was a little kid and now this brings back good memories of the record being played in our home and my older brothers & sisters dancing slow to it.
Earlier in the year another 'night time in Georgia' record made the Top 100, and on April 1st "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" by Vicki Lawrence peaked at #1 ... Gladys & The Pips jump-started my interest in R&B in the Seventies. I sorta drifted away from R&B lately, but my 8th wife "Phosphorina" still loves classic R&B. I'm 16 years old & the song came out way way before I was born. My Dad even has several of Gladys's albums & singles from way-back-when! I remember when Gladys went on to a movie career & then The Pips were on their own. My Mom & Dad say they bought Gladys & The Pips' earliest hit "Every Beat of My Heart" way back in the late Fifties (or early Sixties? What special memories, because they're all gone now.
Try not to crack up, especially when the Pips get to the part where they sing "whoo whoo" to simulate the train. Gladys Knight is the second greatest singer of all time next to Mahilia Jackson.
She blew her heart out in Midnight train to Georgia.
Someone requested it for their Mom on Mother's Day today. Besides Gladys & Her Pimps, I found old albums by The Coasters, Little Eva, The Association, and Chubby Checker. Jim Weatherly wrote several other hit songs for Gladys Knight & The Pips, which I also caught on the radio in those days.
They all brought back great memories of when me and my hubby were first dating. However, I was not aware of the Farrah connection until I was driving home one night from shopping in June 1979. It made me revisit what I now think is one of the best songs ever written.
It's just like art; some people like it, some people don't.
I just wish you would go to other songs rather than make ugly comments.
This will always be a classic song and it brings back memories for so many of us.