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GLADYS KNIGHT: Classic Soul 1972 Interview

2021 Introduction: In celebration of the 77th birthday of the legendary Gladys Knight, a SoulMusic Hall Of Fame inductee and the inclusion of Gladys & The Pips (2013 Lifetime Achievement inductees) into the list of semi-finalists for the ‘Motown’ category in the May round of voting for The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame, we revisit this in-person interview by David Nathan with Gladys along with a show review from November 1971 at The London Palladium…

VALERIE SIMPSON: Classic Soul 1971 Interview

2021 Introduction: A semi-finalist up for induction into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame ‘Female Artist’ category (having already been inducted into several other categories before, including ‘Lifetime Achievement’ and ‘Motown Artist’ as a soloist and ‘Producer’ and ‘Songwriter’ as part of the Ashford & Simpson partnership), Valerie Simpson’s work as a solo recording artist first appeared in 1971 with the critically-acclaimed LP, ‘Exposed.” We revisit her first-ever transatlantic phone interview conducted by David Nathan, 40 years ago…