It was there that he first met the singer Gladys Knight, who was scheduled to perform while working at a local fundraising benefit. The taciturn, serious Hankerson viewed Knight as a “pampered singer,” according to a January 1975 magazine cover story.Knight, in turn, described Hankerson as “very evil.”But the two remained in contact, and within a few years they were married. Both Hankerson and Knight already had children from previous marriages.
He appeared with her on that cover, sporting a tasteful leisure suit, a trim goatee, and an Afro.
He convinced Knight to leave her backing band the Pips, and negotiate better terms with her label.
Digital voids like these can result from legal battles over uncleared samples (as with De La Soul), or from musicians holding out for better royalty terms (the Beatles, until recently).
Other times they’re the result of ideological stands against the devaluation of artistic output (Joanna Newsom), or cranky nitpicking about audio quality (Neil Young).
At Connecting Singles, All features are totally free: emails, flowers, forums, blogs, polls, e Cards, rate photos, videos, chat rooms, IM, singles parties, and more. Express your opinions, words of wisdom or just write about your day. Blogs bring attention to your profile and mail to your inbox. Fun cards for your friends, romantic cards for that special someone.
There are no catches, fees, credits, coupons, gimmicks or surprises at Connecting Singles. Choose one and customize it, or create one of your own. A 100% FREE Online dating service for Ireland singles offering free online dating, free dating online, photo personal ads, matchmaking, free email, extensive search, and more. 100% FREE Online Dating Connecting Singles is a 100% FREE online dating service for singles!
Instead, there’s a single, stubborn man, sitting on a catalog that includes almost all of her most famous work, as well as albums from Timbaland and Toni Braxton, and a trove of unreleased original material that’s never before been heard.
The situation puts her entire musical legacy at risk of fading from memory.
Knight’s, whose signature hit, “Midnight Train to Georgia,” had just been released, was world famous at the age of 30; Hankerson, 27, was a complete unknown.
Hankerson began to use Knight’s connections and capitalize on her celebrity.
The title track, written by Kelly, was a hit, but in retrospect, it was also a not-so-coded reference to their clandestine sexual relationship.