Happy birthday, Gladys Knight

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Music icon Gladys Knight turns 75. She was born in Atlanta on May 28, 1944. Knight formed "the Pips" in 1952, and by the '60s the group was on the "Chitlin Circuit," opening for Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke. The group's career took off when it joined Motown Records in the mid-60s. Now officially known as Gladys Knight and the Pips, they joined Buddah Records in 1973. It was this year they recorded the Grammy-winning No. 1 hit "Midnight Train to Georgia." The group recorded their final album together in 19

Music icon and Atlanta native turns 75 today

Gladys Maria Knight turned 75 today.

Born in Atlanta on May 28, 1944, Knight made her solo debut at the ripe old age of 4, singing at the Mount Mariah Baptist Church. She started singing with her siblings at age 8, calling themselves the Pips. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Knight posted a beautiful photo of herself on Twitter, thanking her fans for all their well-wishes throughout the day.

This has been an incredible year for Knight. In addition to turning 75, she sang the national anthem at Atlanta's Super Bowl in early February, and later that month appeared on the hit Fox show "The Masked Singer." Knight, dressed as the Bee, finished third in the singing competition. All the judges had figured out it was her, AJC columnist Rodney Ho wrote, but it was still an emotional moment when she took off the mask. Host Nick Cannon said she was the first famous entertainer he met and she gave him encouragement.

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Knight wasn’t the only one to mark her milestone on Twitter. Fans posted tributes to the Empress of Soul throughout the day.

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