Atlanta native William Guest, Gladys Knight’s cousin and a founding member of Gladys Knight & the Pips, died of congestive heart failure on December 24th in Detroit. He was 74.
Guest (third from left in this photo) sang backup with the group throughout their entire history. After the demise of the Pips, he and fellow Pip Edward Patten formed a production company. He later oversaw an independent record label, Crew Records, and released an autobiography, Midnight Train From Georgia: A Pips Journey, in 2013.
In a statement released Dec. 27th, Knight said, “We have lost many along the way,” going on to mention Patten, William Guest and (fellow cousin) Eleanor Guest. “We tried using our gifts of music in a way that would be pleasing to God. Please, take care of their journeys home, and I say thank you Lord for a long and wonderful ride.”