William Guest, Member of Gladys Knight and the Pips, Dies

Lynette Holloway
Gladys Knight and the Pips perform aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger: William “Red” Guest, Edward Patten, Merald “Bubba” Knight and Gladys Knight.
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William Guest, a member of Gladys Knight and the Pips who performed throughout the lifespan of the Grammy-winning group from 1953 to 1989, has died, according to the Associated Press.

He died of congestive heart failure on Thursday in Detroit, said his sister-in-law, Dhyana Ziegler, notes the report. He was 74.


During the group's heyday, Guest sang background on hits including "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Midnight Train to Georgia."

When the group ended, AP reports, Guest and another member, the late Edward Patten, formed a production company, where Guest was CEO. He released his autobiography Midnight Train From Georgia: A Pips Journey in 2013 with Ziegler.

In 1996 the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and into the Apollo Hall of Fame in 2006.

"My heart is broken, but I know his legacy will live on," his daughter, Monique Guest, said in a statement.


Rest in peace, Mr. Guest.

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