For the big finale of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert series, the “Empress of Soul” leaves her home in Las Vegas to perform for her fans in Brooklyn, and shares the bill with the equally legendary group, The O’Jays.
Soul singer Gladys Knight is best known for the hits of the 1960s and 1970s, for both the Motown and Buddah Records labels, with her group Gladys Knight & the Pips. Those songs include “If I Were Your Woman,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” and “Midnight Train to Georgia.” Her last album, Before Me, pays tribute to the legends who came before her – Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne – as well as the many artists who have served as Knight’s friends, mentors, colleagues and inspiration.
The O’Jays are a legendary group who have 24 top ten hit records and 59 songs on the charts. Hits include “Back Stabbers,” “For The Love Of Money,” “Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby,” “Love Train,” “I Love Music,” “Use Ta Be My Girl” and “Have You Had Your Love Today?” The trio performing today is made up of original members and Eddie Levert, Sr. and Walter Williams, Sr., plus Eric Nolan Grant, who joined the O’Jays in 1995.