From Gospel to Gigging: Gladys Knight and Iris DeMent


February 23rd, 2000 ~ Motown legend Gladys Knight grew up in Atlanta and sang her first recital in church at age 4, before heading out on the road with the Pips, a group assembled by her cousin. Iris DeMent, the warbler from Arkansas, had the same church-choir start and now writes songs that get to the emotional center of life and love in these United States. We talk to both of them about their Southern childhoods and musical careers.

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  • Open Bed: I Heard It Through the Grapevine Gladys Knight & the Pips
    Anthology, Motown
  • It's All Over but the Shouting Gladys Knight & the Pips
    Anthology, Motown
  • Shouting Time Madison Prayer Band
    Saints Paradise, Folkways
  • Shout, Sister, Shout Boswell Sisters
    It's The Girls, Magnum
  • Shout, Sister, Shout Koerner, Ray & Glover
    One Foot In the Groove, Tim Kerr
  • I Heard it Through the Grapevine Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Chronicle, Fantasy
  • Instrumental: I Heard it Through the Grapevine The Little Big Horns
    Ultra-Lounge: On the Rocks Part Two, Capitol
  • INTERVIEW: Gladys Knight
  • Smokey Joe's CafĂ© The Coasters
    50 Coastin' Classics, Rhino
  • Hound Dog James Booker
    Classified, Rounder
  • Kansas City Joya Landis
    Tighten Up, Trojan
  • Instrumental: Hound Dog
    Hip-Shakin' Vol. 4,
  • Loveable Sam Cooke
    With the Soul Stirrers, Specialty
  • Doo-Wop (That Thing) Lauryn Hill
    The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Columbia
  • The End Of Our Road Gladys Knight
    Anthology, Motown
  • Open Bed: On Praying Ground Doc Watson
    On Praying Ground, Sugar Hill
  • Wade In the Water Golden Gate Quartet
    Swing Down, Chariot, Sony
  • Wade In the Water Johnny Griffin/Edwin Williams
    Giants of the Blues & Funk Tenor Sax, Fantasy
  • Walk Right In Gus Cannon
    Walk Right In, Stax
  • Walk Right In Rooftop Singers
    Troubadours of Folk Vol 3, Rhino
  • Hobo Bill's Last Ride Jimmie Rodgers
    Jimmie Rodgers 1929 On the Way Up, Rounder
  • Two Trains Runnin' James Cotton
    Deep in the Blues, Verve
  • Instrumental: Sad Hours Little Walter
    His Best, Chest
  • INTERVIEW: Iris DeMent
  • Cryin' Time Buck Owens
    Buck Owens and His Buckaroos,
  • Those Lonely, Lonely Nights Earl King
    The Very Best of Earl King 1955-1960, Westside
  • Rum and Coke Professor Longhair
    Rum and Coke, Rhino
  • That's Your Red Wagon Anita O'Day & Cal Tjader
    Time For 2, Verve
  • Shake It Sunnyland Slim
    Slim's Shout, Fantasy
  • Discontented Blues Duke Ellington
    Mosaic Sampler, Blue Note
  • Debra Beck
    Midnite Vultures, Geffen
  • End Bed: Boozer John Scofield
    A Go Go, Verve