A member of Gladys Knight and the Pips who was there from the beginning has died. Reports say that William Guest died on Thursday at 74 from heart failure, which made his heart swell.
Monique, the Guest’s daughter, said in a statement that she would miss her father. She said, “My heart is broken, but I know his memory will live on.”
The guest is Knight’s cousin. He sang background vocals on “Heard it Through the Grapevine,” a top 10 hit in 1967, and “Midnight Train to Georgia,” an impact in 1973.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame added Gladys Knight and the Pips in 1996.
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Who were The Pips?
Gladys, her brother Merald, sister Brenda, cousins William and Elenor Guest, and another cousin, James “Pip” Woods, created the Pips musical group in 1952.
When they started touring at the end of the 1950s, Edward Patten, a cousin of Gladys, and Langston George, a friend, took Brenda Knight’s and Eleanor Guest’s places.
They changed their name from The Pips to Gladys Knight & the Pips in 1961 after the release of their debut record, “Every Beat of My Heart.” Gladys Knight left in 1962 to have a family, and Langston George went the same year.
Gladys returned in 1964 and remained together until their breakup in 1989.
After receiving a diabetes diagnosis, Edward Patten went suddenly in February 2005 due to the condition. Congestive heart failure caused the death of William Guest in 2015. Eleanor Guest, a founder of the Pips, passed away from heart failure in 1997.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happened to the original Pips?
Eleanor Guest, one of the original Pips, died of a heart attack on August 23, 1997. Langston George died on March 19, 2007, of heart failure that worsened over time. Bubba Knight is still in charge of his sister Gladys’s career. He is her tour manager and sometimes joins her onstage during shows.
Did Gladys Knight get married to a Pips member?
Four times, Gladys Knight has been married. Gladys Knight and the Pips were her R&B group, but none of her husbands were in it. In 1960, when she was 16, she married James “Jimmy” Newman. They had two kids together, but he was addicted to drugs and left Gladys and the kids when she was 20.
Which one of the Pips died of Gladys Knight & the Pips?
William Guest died on Thursday in Detroit. He was a Gladys Knight and the Pips member from 1953 to 1989. He was 74. Dhyana Ziegler, Mr. Guest’s sister-in-law, said the cause was congestive heart failure.
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