Greatest Songs, #432: “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight and the Pips

Album: Imagination (Buddah Records)
Year: 1973
Written by: Jim Weatherly
Billboard Hot 100: #1

From Rolling Stone:

Originally titled “Midnight Plane to Houston,” the ode to long-distance romance from Mississippi songwriter Weatherly (who also wrote Knight‘s “Neither One of Us“) became the biggest hit ever for Gladys Knight and the Pips. Cissy Houston had an R&B hit with it first, before Knight took it to the top of the pop charts.

From allmusic, reviewing the album:

…a watershed in their history. …sophisticated soul at its best, Knight belting out numbers with great forcefulness and passion while the group provided delicate backup.