40 Years of “Midnight Train To Georgia”

Gladys Knight may be known for singing ballads, but she showed off a new sound with a performance of “Old School” from her new album Another Journey.

Gladys Knight is one of the greatest soul singers of all time, performing most famously with the Pips. In 1973, they released “Midnight Train to Georgia,” which won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus and has become Glady Knight’s signature song.

In honor of the 40th anniversary of this hit song, we reveal some fun facts below.

  • This was written and originally recorded by Jim Weatherly, who had a solo hit in 1974 with “The Need To Be.”
  • The original title of the song was “Midnight Plane to Houston.”
  • The song originally came about after Jim Weatherly had a phone call with actress Farrah Fawcett who was going to take a “midnight plane to Houston.”
  • A year after the song was written, it was recut for Cissy Houston, Whitney’s mother.
  • Cissy Houston and team asked Weatherly if they could change it to ‘Midnight Train To Georgia,’ so that “Houston” wouldn’t appear in both the title and artist name.
  • “Midnight Train To Georgia” was a #1 hit on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B.
  • “Midnight Train to Georgia” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.
  • Rolling Stone ranked it #432 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.