Song Lyric Sunday | “Neither One of Us” – Gladys Knight & the Pips

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “fear.” 

It’s my first time repeating a song in the challenge. I posted this one back at the end of  January  as a “goodbye” song, but even as I considered other songs for fear, this Grammy-winning hit wouldn’t go away.
Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)  by Gladys Knight & the Pips released on December 26, 1972 on Motown’s Soul Records and  became one of their biggest hit singles to date and was also the last single the group released prior to them leaving Motown for Buddah Records in February 1973.
On March 17, 1973, the song reached number one on the Hot Soul Singles chart, staying there for four consecutive weeks. Due to the song’s strong crossover appeal, it eventually peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, with Vicki Lawrence’s The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (another Song Lyric Sunday feature) blocking it from number one. However, it went number one on the U.S. Record World and Cashbox charts. It also crossed over to the adult contemporary chart, peaking at number 15. Worldwide, it was also successful, peaking at number 9 in France, number 11 in Canada and number 31 in the UK.
Can you say H-I-T?
The video is from a Soul Train appearance and the Pips are just so, so smooth!


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Neither One of Us

by Gladys Knight & the Pips

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9 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday | “Neither One of Us” – Gladys Knight & the Pips

  1. Oh, you can repeat this one every week if you want! I remember playing my Pips album until I am sure the needle was about to go right through. When this song came out I was just entering my teens and my parents were having a hard time but they kept getting back and then one would leave again. They did finally make it and were together for another 15 or so years until my Mom passed. This song helped me through strangely enough.

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