Monday, 27 July 2009

Help me make it through the night - Gladys Knight and the Pips

During live performances artists have a tendency to speak with their audiences, introducing songs and such. It is a rare thing when this happens on a record, but that's exactly what happens here: Gladys Knight speaks about 'hearing a beautiful song that expresses that feeling of loneliness'.

'Help me make it through the night' was written by Kris Kristofferson for his 1970 album 'Kristofferson'. Gladys Knight & the Pips recorded their cover version in 1972. It peaked at number 11 in the UK singles chart that summer. My copy of the single is an original UK pressing, although the center has been punched out and it comes in a mutilated custom white paper sleeve.

My collection: 7" single no. 1061
Found: London, October 18, 1989
Cost: 1 pound
Tracks: 'Help me make it through the night' / 'If you gonna leave (just leave)'

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