Monday, December 31, 2001

Gladys Knight 2001

February 2001: Knight released her latest album, At Last and is touring with the Broadway revue Smokey Joe's Café.

April 12, 2001: Gladys Knight is a newlywed. MCA Records, her record label, announced that Knight, 56, married corporate consultant William McDowell. Her son Shanga gave her away in a seaside ceremony attended by 80 relatives and friends.   Knight and McDowell met about 10 years ago but didn't date until January. Click here for more infor.

June 2001: Gladys Knight is listed at number 18 in VH1's "100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll

June 2001: Gladys Knight speaks at the commencement exercises at the University of San Diego.

August 27, 2001: As fans across the country mourn the loss of rising music and film star Aaliyah, her aunt, Gladys Knight, issued the following statement: "I remember the day Aaliyah was born ... it was a great, beautiful day. I was married to her uncle, Barry Hankerson, and sheimmediately became a special part of my life, and I became Auntie Gladys to that wonderful little girl. I watched her grow up,and, with the rest of the world, saw her achieve success with her very special and unique talents. From an early age, I knew she had enormous talents, an intrinsic gift. When she first performed with me in Las Vegas, she was still quite young, but she already had it -- that spark the world would later see and fall in love with. She had a refreshing outlook for one so young, with true respect for her art and for her elders. She brought joy to my heart, and I felt blessed to encourage and support her professionally and personally as she strove for each new goal. Her star had just begun to shine so brightly. Though she was ours for only a short time, what a time it was. I love Aaliyah, and I will miss her for the rest of my life."

September 10, 2001: Gladys Knight sang during the Saturday night performance of the concert celebrating Michael Jackson's 30th anniversay as a solo artists.  The concert coincided with the realease of his new album Invincible. It was held at Madison Square Gardens in New York City on September 7 and 10.  More than 30 other artists appeared. The entire event was filmed for a two-hour, prime-time special that will air on CBS. Tickets for both performances went on sale on July 26 through the Madison Square Garden Box Office and Ticketmaster. Ticket prices ranged from $45 to $500 per seat.

September 13, 2001: The Vocal Group Hall of Fame & Museum in Sharon, Pa., announced the 2001 inductees from the 1940s, '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s, many of whom will be on hand for a special concert, which will air as a PBS fundraising special. The groups included Gladys Knight & The Pips  who will received the Harmony Award, which stands for outstanding contributions to the world of vocal group music. The ceremony took place at the Hall of Fame on Sept. 13, followed by the concert.

September 20, 2001: The Web Master finally had the opportunity to see Gladys Knight live in concert for the first time.  Gladys Knight appeared with a seven-piece band, Bubba Knight and Vince Preister at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington.  It was a great show.  Gladys is a classy performer.  The Emerald Queen should get themselves a more experience sound man.  Bubba was hilarious.  He was haveing so much fun.  Vince Preister is an up and coming your saxaphone player.  His music was beautiful  Read this review of a similar conert in London Ontario.

October 11, 2001: Gladys Knight appeared in episode 5 of Say it Loud: A Celebration of Black Music in America.  Episode 5 was titled: "Express Yourself," and it premiered on October 11. "Because of our experiences, we have to be so careful about what we sing, how we perform, what we wear, what we say,'' said Gladys Knight.

October 14, 2001: VH1 presented an episode of Behind the Music profiling Aaliyah and featuring interviews with Gladys Knight and others.

October 16, 2001: Gladys Knight will be featured on a new six-CD boxed set.  Most of the biggest names in R&B music from the '70s are featured on Can You Dig It?The '70s Soul Experience, a six-CD boxed set, scheduled to be released October 16 on  Rhino Records. Out of the 136 songs in the collection, 65 reached Number One on the R&B and/or pop charts,  including picks from Gladys Knight & the Pips. Additionally, the music package has been fashioned after an 8-track cassette case, and includes extensive liner notes addressing the era's musical and political climate, plus an 80-word glossary of '70s slang words. The suggested retail price for the set is $99.98.

Saturday, December 29, 2001: Gladys Knight will appear with special guest star Mark Curry at Bally's in Las Vegas.

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