On this day in music history: April 6, 1974 – “Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” by Gladys Knight & The Pips hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 on April 27, 1974. Written by Jim Weatherly, it is the seventh R&B chart topper for the Atlanta, GA based family vocal quartet. Country music songwriter Weatherly (“Midnight Train To Georgia”, “Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye”), writes “Best Thing" in 1971 and is originally recorded by country music legend Ray Price. Gladys Knight & The Pips record their version two years later, shortly after being signed to Buddah Records. Already having scored two major hits penned by Weatherly, the song is the third consecutive R&B chart topper from the groups “Imagination” album. Like the two prior singles “Midnight Train To Georgia” and “I’ve Got To Use My Imagination”, “Best Thing” is another pop and R&B smash. It becomes the group’s third consecutive number one single on the R&B chart, and third consecutive top five pop single on the Hot 100. “Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
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