Tune Tuesday: Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me 1974

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Gladys Knight & The Pips Image One
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Forty-five years ago, today, the #1 song on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart was Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me by Gladys Knight & The Pips. Written by Jim Weatherly, a former quarterback for the University of Mississippi, is the same songwriter that penned what became known as Midnight Train to Georgia, a previous hit for Gladys & her Pips. The song was originally recorded in 1973 by country music artist Ray Price.

Gladys Knight & The Pips Image Two
Image Credit: 45cat.com

From Wikipedia:

Weatherly told Tom Roland in The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits that he wrote the song in 1971 and let his father-in-law first record it as a Christmas present for the latter’s wife. “I thought it was really strange that nobody’d written a song with that title — possibly somebody had but, I’d never heard it — so, I just sat down and let this stream of consciousness happen. I basically wrote it in a very short period of time, probably 30 minutes or an hour.”

Other artists to cover the song were Dean Martin, Steve Lawrence, Andy Williams, The Persuaders and, James Cleveland & The Charles Fold Singers.

The song made it to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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21 thoughts on “Tune Tuesday: Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me 1974

    bereavedandbeingasingleparent said:
    April 16, 2019 at 7:32 PM

    I remember my big sister playing this song over and over again. Got into my soul.

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      The Hinoeuma responded:
      April 17, 2019 at 1:51 AM

      It is grand. No doubt.

      I discovered them on my own. I don’t recall my parents playing them.

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    hanspostcard said:
    April 16, 2019 at 8:34 PM

    I think Gladys Knight has been overlooked when compared to other acts in that era. She sounded great at the Super Bowl a couple months ago.

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      The Hinoeuma responded:
      April 17, 2019 at 1:53 AM

      I agree, totally. Everyone raves about Aretha. Gimme Gladys. She had that voice, smooth scat and she was SO pretty.

      And, I didn’t watch the Super Bowl…

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        hanspostcard said:
        April 17, 2019 at 4:08 AM

        She sang the National Anthem before the Super Bowl.. I forget who was the half time show- but Gladys outshined them. The game was in her native Atlanta, She should have been the half time show!

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          The Hinoeuma responded:
          April 17, 2019 at 3:49 PM

          I wonder if that is on YouTube…

          SEE. We agree on stuff…😁💕

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            hanspostcard said:
            April 17, 2019 at 3:52 PM

            Yes we do we probably agree more than we disagree- i bet it is.. she did a great job! I still can’t remember the half time Moron 5 maybe?

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    badfinger20 said:
    April 16, 2019 at 10:35 PM

    Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart???? They didn’t have that word in 74 right? Was it the R&B Chart? or Soul Chart?

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      The Hinoeuma responded:
      April 17, 2019 at 2:01 AM

      Here is some history for you:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Billboard_number-one_rhythm_and_blues_hits (1942-1959)
      Judging by this, the ‘Hip-Hop’ was added in 2012 (scroll to the bottom):
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_number-one_R%26B_singles_of_1960_(U.S.)

      I put R&B/Hip-Hop because, Billboard, even on their charts archive, changed the name on EVERYTHING:
      https://www.billboard.com/archive/charts

      I link to both…Wiki & Billboard. Wiki shows the names of what they were. If something isn’t political, Wiki is usually straight. Sometimes, citations aren’t there so, I end up doing further research on my own.

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        badfinger20 said:
        April 17, 2019 at 1:23 PM

        Now I do go to Billboard but Billboard can be confusing at times. I think it’s way too many charts now.
        That is interesting.

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          The Hinoeuma responded:
          April 17, 2019 at 4:39 PM

          Oh dear GOD, I agree. I just looked at Billboard’s site on my phone. They finally merged Mainstream Rock & Alternative Rock into Hot Rock and, new categories of Web & GOAT…Greatest of all Time.

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            badfinger20 said:
            April 17, 2019 at 5:19 PM

            They must put everything in a neat box

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              The Hinoeuma responded:
              April 18, 2019 at 12:31 AM

              *eyes rolling*

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                badfinger20 said:
                April 18, 2019 at 12:32 AM

                lol…
                Oh hey…. stupid question and me too lazy to search…how do you post just an image? I found a meme I gotta post but just the pic

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                  The Hinoeuma responded:
                  April 18, 2019 at 1:10 AM

                  Add New
                  Title the post…
                  Cursor in the body, select ‘Add Media’. Link to a URL or upload.

                  Does that help?

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                    badfinger20 said:
                    April 18, 2019 at 1:13 AM

                    You know I googled it but I got a lot of add images…I only get one shot lol…
                    What I did was what you said…add media and picked the pic from my folder… and post format “image”…I haven’t posted it yet…
                    Thank you

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                      The Hinoeuma responded:
                      April 18, 2019 at 2:48 AM

                      I’ve never done a ‘post format’. I just Add New, type a title (make sure I like my slug), put my cursor in the body & select add media. From there, I upload what I need or, in another tab in the browser, I find what I want, grab the URL & use that. I use ‘Alt’ in the link (in case the image won’t load, it is a textual marker) and I use captions for information. I also adjust alignment if I need to.

                      Am I making sense?

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                      badfinger20 said:
                      April 18, 2019 at 9:27 AM

                      Yes you are…That is what I did so we will see when I publish it.

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    nostaligicitalian said:
    April 17, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    Always loved this song. Gladys was one of my favorite Motown singers!

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