Gladys Knight: 5 Things About The Soul Icon Facing Patti LaBelle In A ‘Verzuz’ Battle

Gladys Knight: 5 Things About The Soul Icon Facing Patti LaBelle In A ‘Verzuz’ Battle

MEGA







View Gallery
View Gallery
15 Photos.

and

The ‘Empress of Soul’ Gladys Knight will face off with fellow R&B singer Patti LaBelle on the Sept. 13 ‘Verzuz’ battle special. Ahead of the incredible streaming event, get all the details about this amazing icon.

Atlanta, Georgia-native Gladys Knight, 76, will appear alongside Patti LaBelle, 76, in an upcoming Verzuz battle on Sept. 13 and it’s sure to be truly memorable! The legendary soul singer will listen to her hit songs along with Patti’s live at the Fillmore during the streaming event as they reminisce about the epic years their tracks were at the top of the charts. Verzuz announced the incredible news on their Instagram page on Sept. 8 with a poster that featured the ladies’ faces and details about the event.

“The Master Class we’ve ALL been waiting for! @MsGladysKnight vs. @MsPattiLaBelle 🔥 Live from The Fillmore in Philly this Sunday at 5PM PT/8PM ET. The ultimate Verzuz!” the caption for the post read. “Leave ya church clothes on all Sunday and pull up to the affair of all affairs. Y’all gotta get dressed up in ya Sunday’s best for this one.”

Gladys Knight singing at a previous event. (MEGA)

Before you get ready to sit down and watch the epic special, here are five things you should know about Gladys and her impressive career.

1. She began singing at a young age. Gladys Maria Knight, born in Atlanta in 1944, first achieved minor fame by winning the Ted Mack Amateur Hour at age seven. Shortly afterward, she formed a singing group called The Pips with her brother Merald, sister Brenda, and cousins William and Eleanor Guest, according to Biography.com. The group, after undergoing some lineup changes, found success in 1961 with “Every Beat Of My Heart.” The road to fame would lead Gladys to Detroit.

2. She was on Motown. Gladys Knight and the Pips joined Motown Records in 1966. They scored several major hits, including “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” “Take Me In Your Arms and Love Me,” “If I Were Your Woman,” and “Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)” which would win the group a Grammy. Though she and the group would leave for Buddah Records in 1973, she would be associated with the legendary label.

Gladys Knight, seen here during a previous public appearance, will face off with Patti LaBelle in a ‘Verzuz’ battle on Sept. 13. (MEGA)

3. She’s also an actress. Gladys received a Golden Globe nomination for New Star of the Year – Actress for her role in 1976’s Pipe Dreams. She has also appeared in the movie Hollywood Homicide and has made numerous appearances in such televisions series as Benson, The Jeffersons, Living Single, and 2017’s Star.

4. She gave everyone a scare at Aretha Franklin’s funeral. The “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin passed away in August 2018 due to a pancreatic tumor (first reported as pancreatic cancer.) Gladys, while attending Aretha’s funeral, said that she and Aretha “shared the fact that we had the same disease.” While this led many to think Gladys also had pancreatic cancer, she later clarified the comments that she had successfully battled “stage 1 breast cancer.” She also said that she is “cancer-free and grateful for that,” according to Rolling Stone.

#NFL #SBLIII pic.twitter.com/HdiR7DZR5Z

— Gladys Knight (@MsGladysKnight) January 17, 2019

5. She faced criticism for agreeing to sing at the Super Bowl, but she’s having none of it. The NFL and the African-American community haven’t been on the best terms since the exile of Colin Kaepernick, 31. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016, and many (including him) think he’s been blackballed from the league. Travis Scott and Big Boi faced an online backlash after it was revealed they were involved in the Halftime show, and Gladys received similar flak over agreeing to sing the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

“I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things, and they are police violence and injustice,” Gladys said in a statement. “I am here today and on Sunday, Feb. 3 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, from walking back hallways, from marching with our social leaders, from using my voice for good — I have been in the forefront of this battle longer than most of those voicing their opinions to win the right to sing our country’s Anthem on a stage as large as the Super Bowl LIII.”

Jamie Foxx Sings For Protesters At San Francisco Rally For George Floyd — Watch

Jamie Foxx Sings For Protesters At San Francisco Rally For George Floyd — Watch







View Gallery
View Gallery
35 Photos.



News Writer

Jamie Foxx used his voice and his platform to offer some semblance of hope and solidarity with his fellow protestors in San Francisco on June 1. The actor took to the podium during a rally and belted gorgeous, unifying lyrics.

Actor Jamie Foxx lent his voice to a rally at San Francisco’s city hall on June 1, singing with his fellow protestors during the ‘kneel-in’ demonstration. The Ray Oscar-winner, 52, took to the podium during the protest and sang the verse from Isaiah 54:17. “No weapons formed against me, shall prosper, it won’t work. No weapons formed against me shall prosper.”

Jamie Foxx speaking (and singing) at rally in SF. @kron4news pic.twitter.com/MjgmRVDuc7

— Chuck Clifford (@chuckclifford) June 1, 2020

Jamie’s appearance at San Francisco’s city hall comes over one week after George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, was killed by former Officer Derek Chauvin during an attempted arrest. On May 25, George lost his life due to asphyxiation as Derek used his knee to press George’s neck into the pavement in Minneapolis, MN. Four days later, on May 29, Derek was arrested and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter.

In the days following George’s death, many public figures, celebrities, and citizens alike have used their platforms to express their frustration and anger at the loss of George’s life and the lack of accountability from the justice system. Both Nicki Minaj and Lizzo shared their impassioned responses on Instagram, with Lizzo taking to her social media for an impromptu, emotional Instagram Live with her fans, and Nicki sharing an image of a chalk board with the names of Black lives lost at the hands of law enforcement.

Jamie Foxx speaks to protestors at San Francisco’s city hall on June 1 [Eric Risberg/AP/Shutterstock].A number of celebrities have also used their voice to ask for changed and a re-evaluation on the conversation around racism in America. Russell WilsonJustin Bieber, and more stars noted that racial injustice is not, and never should have been, a problem ignored in America. Some celebs have also called out their non-Black friends, noting their silence during this increasingly fractured time.

Like Jamie, stars such as Ariana GrandeHalsey, and Cole Sprouse have joined protestors in California. For his part, Cole even used a May 31 Instagram post to put the focus the attention back on the Black Lives Matter movement. Across the country, protests and organized, peaceful demonstrations continue on. For those seeking more information on how to be a part of the solution, HollywoodLife is encouraging its readers to check out our list of compiled resources.

Lana Del Rey – Looking For America Lyrics

Play this song

[Verse 1]
Took a trip to San Francisco
All  our friends said we would jive
Didn’t  work, so I left for Fresno
It was quite a scenic drive
Pulled over to watch the children in the park
Used  to only worry about them after dark

[Chorus]
I’m  still looking for my own version of America
One without the gun, where the flag can freely fly
No  bombs in the sky, only fireworks when you and I collide
It’s just a dream I had in mind
It’s just a dream I had in mind
It’s just a dream I had in mind

[Verse 2]
Took  a flight to New York City
I miss that Hudson River line
Took the train back to Lake Placid
That’s another space and time
Where we used to go to drive-ins and listen to the blues
So many things that I think twice about before I do, yeah

[Chorus]
I’m still looking for my own version of America
One without the gun, where the flag can freely fly
No bombs in the sky, only fireworks when you and I collide
It’s just a dream I had in mind
It’s just a dream I had in mind
It’s just a dream I had in mind

[Outro]
It’s just a dream I had in mind

Cathie Ryan – The Lights Of San Francisco lyrics

[Verse]
The lights of San Francisco
Shone on the city floor
Joe worked on in the city
‘Til the dawn came around once more

[Verse]
He came from Galway
Came over recently
And Lucy from the USA
Smiled at his naiveté

[Verse]
In the rocky places of his heart
No one had ever seen
Lucy picking cockles
And Lucy planting seeds

[Chorus]
Ohhh oh ohh ohh ohh

[Verse]
Came the marching bands of July
And their silver shadows flew
Ah, two by two, red and blue
Through the summer evening

[Verse]
He said, “All my troubles
Never wander very far
I like to hear music
But I like it on a blue guitar”

[Verse]
“And there is no end to the money
A guy wants to hold in his hand
The sky hung with airplanes
And no peace upon the land”

[Verse]
“And the folks on television
That lie with every breath
And insult you with visions
Of cheap life and cheaper death”

[Chorus]
Ohhh oh ohh ohh ohh

[Verse]
“And there is no home for me now
But I’ll go on loving you
‘Til there is no more music
And the guitar is no longer blue”

Bee Gees – Massachusetts Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Feel I’m going back to Massachusetts
Something’s telling me I must go home

[Chorus]
And the lights all went out in Massachusetts
The day I left her standing on her own

[Verse 2]
Tried to hitch a ride to San Francisco
Gotta do the things I wanna do

[Chorus 2]
And the lights all went out in Massachusetts
They brought me back to see my way with you

[Verse 3]
Talk about the life in Massachusetts
Speak about the people I have seen

[Chorus 3]
And the lights all went out in Massachusetts
And Massachusetts is one place I have seen

[Outro]
(I will remember Massachusetts)
I will remember Massachusetts
(I will remember Massachusetts)
I will remember Massachusetts
(I will remember Massachusetts)
I will remember Massachusetts
Massachusetts

Sammy Davis Jr. – The Rhythm Of Life lyrics

Daddy started out in San Francisco,
Tootin’ on his trumpet loud and mean.
Suddenly a voice said, “Go forth, Daddy.
Spread the picture on a wider screen. “

And the voice said, “Daady, there’s a million pigeons
Ready to be hooked on new religions.
Hit the road, Daddy. Leave your common-law wife.
Spread the religion of the rhythm of life. “

And the rhythm of life is a powerful beat,
Puts a tingle in your fingers and a tingle in your feet,
Rhythm in your bedroom, rhythm in the street,
Yes, the rhythm of life is a powerful beat.

To feel the rhythm of life,
To feel the powerful beat,
To feel the tingle in your fingers,
To feel the tingle in your feet.

Daddy spread the gospel in Milwaukee,
Took his walkie-talkie to Rocky Ridge,
Blew his way to Canton, then to Scranton,
Till he landed under the Manhattan Bridge.

Daddy was the new sensation, got himself a congregation,
Built up quite an operation down below.
With the pie-eyed piper blowing, while the muscatel was flowing,
All the cats were go, go, going down below.

Daddy was the new sensation, got himself a congregation,
Built up quite an operation down below.
With the pie-eyed piper blowing, while the muscatel was flowing,
All the cats were go, go, going down below.

Flip your wings and fly to Daddy,
Flip your wings and fly to Daddy,
Flip your wings and fly to Daddy,
Fly, fly, fly to Daddy.

Take a dive and swim to Daddy,
Take a dive and swim to Daddy,
Take a dive and swim to Daddy,
Swim, swim, swim to Daddy.

Hit the floor and crawl to Daddy,
Hit the floor and crawl to Daddy,
Hit the floor and crawl to Daddy,
Crawl, crawl, crawl to Daddy.

And the rhythm of life is a powerful beat,
Puts a tingle in your fingers and a tingle in your feet,
Rhythm in your bedroom, rhythm in the street,
Yes, the rhythm of life is a powerful beat.

To feel the rhythm of life,
To feel the powerful beat,
To feel the tingle in your fingers,
To feel the tingle in your feet.

To feel the rhythm of life,
To feel the powerful beat,
To feel the tingle in your fingers,
To feel the tingle in your feet.

Flip your wings and fly to Daddy,
Take a dive and swim to Daddy,
Hit the floor and crawl to Daddy,
Daddy we got the rhythm of life,
Of life, of life, of life.
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
Man!

Tony Bennett – I Left My Heart In San Francisco (Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 Album)

The loveliness of Paris seems somehow sadly gray
The glory that was Rome is of another day
I’ve been terribly alone and forgotten in Manhattan
I’m going home to my city by the Bay
I left my heart in San Francisco
High on a hill, it calls to me
To be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars
The morning fog may chill the air, I don’t care
My love waits there in San Francisco
Above the blue and windy sea
When I come home to you, San Francisco
Your golden sun will shine for me

Emily Kinney – Michael lyrics

[Verse 1]
I never could believe in God
But always willing to give it a shot
If there is such thing as magic human souls
Well, then mine looks a lot like Michael
Yes, my soul looks a lot like Michael

[Verse 2]
Manhattan baby, drop-out, drug abuse
Naively feel I’ve walked around in his shoes
He looked so thirsty when my heart is full
So, I pour every drop out to Michael
Yes, I pour out my soul to Michael

[Chorus]
Oh, San Francisco savior
Do you remember me?
In a backseat on a golden bridge
Kissing

Let’s forget about the tears I’ve cried
And let’s hold on to that first night

[Verse 3]
Under the table he took my hand
We sat across from the Green Day band
All of those boys but I could only see his face
Think how me and Michael, we are just the same
Yes, me and Michael, we are just the same

[Bridge]
I might’ve had a boy, and he a girlfriend
But on nights like those nights, rules always bent
I’d give up anything to feel understood
I’d give up anything to feel understood
I’d give up anything to feel understood
I’d give up and run away if Michael would

[Chorus]
Oh, San Francisco savior
Do you remember me?
Oh, San Francisco savior
Berkeley’s been breathing
Oh, San Francisco savior
Please remember me
In a backseat on a golden bridge
Kissing

[Outro]
Let’s forget about the tears I’ve cried
And let’s hold on to that first night