Most Wanted! Gladys Knight And The Pips – Bourgie, Bourgie (Columbia)
1977 Ashford & Simpson‘s instrumental ‘Bourgie Bourgie’ not only made it, becoming one of the Paradise Garage anthems. John Davis & The Monster Orchestra would give it an equally worth the check interpretation 2 years after, although with lyrics added to it. Gladys Knight & The Pips following the vibe in 1980. A song which they no surprsingly also made theirs with their instantly identifiable style.
Taken from their ‘About Love’ LP which marked the start of their liaison with Columbia, ‘Bourgie, Bourgie’ only got pressed as the flipside of the promo release of ‘Taste Of Bitter Love’. Enough reasons though that would naturally enhance the interest of bidders on eBay in the mid-2000’s…
Kinda hard to believe the first version of the band – simply called The Pips at the time – dates from the early 50’s.
The debut of Gladys Knight And The Pips didn’t happen to be like a simple ballad. Considered for some time as a second-string act by Motown where they got signed back in 1966, this didn’t get them from scoring their first hit the year after. This, with their version of ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’. The first of a series including ‘If I Were Your Woman’ and ‘Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)’ and ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’ on Buddah Records.
They then signed with Columbia by the end of the 70’s. ‘Taste Of Bitter Love’, ‘When You’re Far Away’ and ‘Save The Overtime For Me’ completing their already impressive list in addition to ‘Love Overboard’.
Gladys Knight also delivered material on her own, most likely due to contractual reasons. This resulting in the release of extra gems such as ‘You Bring Out The Best In Me’. But also the ultra sought after ‘It’s A Better Than Good Time’ as remixed by Walter Gibbons. No to mention ‘License To Kill’ among others.