Gladys Knight & The Pips, Dayton and Willie Hutch

25 01 2012

Gladys Knight & The Pips ~ Baby Don’t Change Your Mind ~ Buddah ~ 1977
Classic, probably my favourite Gladys Knight single, written by Van McCoy 52 Hot 100, 10 US R&B, UK number 4

Dayton ~ The Sound Of Music ~ Capitol ~ 1982
Unsurprisingly, the band was from Dayton, Ohio. This, their biggest chart success was from their 3rd album and their first for Capitol records entitled ‘Feel the Music’ that saw the introduction of Rahni Harris into the group as vocalist/keyboards player and also saw him writing and producing much of the album. Amazingly, this track was 10 weeks in the extended UK charts making the staggering heights of… number 75. Even more amazingly, Steve was in the running to do the remix on it, but for whatever reason, it never materialised.

Willie Hutch ~ In And Out ~ Motown ~ 1982
Willie McKinley Hutchinson aka Wiilie Hutch ~ In And Out ~ a 55 US R&B, 29 US Dance and a UK number 51 at the end of 1982 on Motown. Among his many credits, he also co-wrote I’ll Be There.

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