Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Gladys Knight 2002

January 25, 2002: R&R (Radio & Records) Magazine included a full-page advertisement for Gladys' "This Is Our Time," aimed at adult contemporary radio stations. Also, on page 74 is an interview with Gladys, in which she discusses her inspiration for the tune, "This Is Our Time," and her new show at Flamingo Las Vegas.

February 2002: Gladys Knight appeared in In Style Magazine’s Celebrity Weddings section. She also appeared in Rosie Magazine this month

February 7, 2002: Gladys Knight made a public appearance at a Salt Lake department store to promote and autograph an Olympic commemorative CD titled "Light Up the Land.” The Olympic torch entered Salt Lake City along the same route Mormon pioneers used to settle in the city more than 150 years ago. An actor portraying Brigham Young, the man who led the migration west, rode ahead of the torch in a stagecoach to Washington Square in downtown Salt Lake City where it was welcomed in a special ceremony. Gladys contributed the torch ceremony with her performance of, "This Is Our Time" with a children’s choir. She appeared that evening on local television in both Slat Lake and Las Vegas stating how "elated" she was to be there. Gladys did not participate in the opening ceremonies on February 8, 2002 possibly due to her commitments in Las Vegas. You can listen to “This is Our Time” at r3radio.com. Click on “Commemorative CD” to go straight to Gladys.  There is also a brief interview with Gladys talking about the song and the games.

February 7, 2002: Gladys co-hosted "The Today Show" with Katie Couric in Salt Lake City.

February 7, 2002: A&E finally rescheduled their episode of Biography featuring Gladys Knight. Biography.com had a poll where you could vote for your favorite Gladys song: Neither One of Us, Midnight Train, Imagination, and Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me. You can buy the episode on VHS for $14.95.

February 12, 2002: Opening night at the Flamingo.  Gladys Knight signed a one-year contract with the Flamingo in Las Vegas. She will perform Tuesday through Saturday. "I am thrilled to be headlining at a property with such a rich entertainment legacy "the Flamingo," she said. "I have lived in Las Vegas for quite sometime now and couldn't be happier to be performing on a steady basis in my hometown. I was looking for the perfect engagement to allow myself the chance to travel less and this couldn't have come at a better time." The Flamingo Las Vegas is renovating their main showroom for Gladys and Gladys also mentioned that she would have a brand new show, a kind of musical.

February 27, 2002: At the pre show ceremony of the 44th Annual Grammy Awards, they announced that Gladys Knight won the Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Album: "At Last." This is her fifth Grammy

March 20, 2002: the voice talents of Gladys Knight could be heard in Episode #029 of Happily Ever After Fairy Tales for Every Child: The Bremen Town Musicians.  Four (4) cast-out barn animals head for Bremen Town to become singers in this animated special.  Other voices include George Clinton, Jenifer Lewis and Dionne Warwick. This show airs on HBO.  Ends 04/15/2002.  Broadcast again May 7, 2002, 8:30 am, HBO.  Film makers were awarded a Golden Gate certificate of merit for children’s programs from the San Francisco Film Society.

April 2002: I just heard about a concert on DVD called "THE STARS OF HANDEL" starring Chaka Khan, Jeffrey Osborne, Roger Daltrey and Gladys Knight. This is an 80-minute concert made in Dublin, Ireland. Gladys is fabulous, as usual, and sang more than any of the other performers. Gladys sings in and out of the show without any effort but still giving you her all with her voice. I couldn’t find it listed at amazon.com, but someone on a bulletin board wrote that he found a copy from Brazil on ebay.  I plan to keep looking for this one.

April 13, 2002: Gladys Knight has been confirmed as part of the first round of performers for the tenth annual Carnegie Hall benefit for the Rainforest Foundation. The concert is part of the weeklong Rainforest Awareness Week, which also includes Central Park Run for the Rainforest and a benefit at a SoHo art gallery. The Rainforest Foundation was started by Sting, his wife Trudi Styler and Menkragnoti Kayaop Chief Ranoi in 1989 in an effort to protect the world's diminishing rainforests.

May 5, 2002: Gladys Knight appeared in a segment on the CBS Sunday News The interview showed footage of Gladys' new Las Vegas show.  The show is doing so well that her contract has been extended for another four years.

July 30, 2002: Motown will release a collection titled "A Cellarful of Motown" featuring 40 tracks from the 1960s. Nearly all were recorded in "The Snakepit," a basement studio at Hitsville U.S.A. Twenty of the tracks are songs that were only ever heard by their creators.  Among the songs are ones by The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and The Pips, The Marvelettes, the Isley Brothers and Martha and the Vandellas. The collection has been released in Britain (review) and one of the songs, "Baby A Go-Go" by Barbara McNair, is an underground hit.

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