Gladys Knight Salutes Ella, Duke, Sammy
R&B veteran Gladys Knight will honor a host of legendary vocalists with the release of a covers album, "Before Me."R&B veteran Gladys Knight will honor a host of legendary vocalists with the release of a covers album, "Before Me." Due June 6 via Verve Records, the set features songs originally performed by Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Sammy Davis, Jr., among others.
Grammy-winning producers Tommy LiPuma (Natalie Cole, George Benson) and Phil Ramone (Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles) worked behind the boards on the album. The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and saxophonist David "Fathead" Newman are among the contributing instrumentalists.
"As I was getting this music together, the title, 'Before Me,' just rang in my head. I was impressed to make a reference to those glorious performers that set the pace for me to be a part of this industry," says Knight. "These people made great strides not just with their music, but because of who they were as people."
Knight's most recent album was 2005's "One Voice" with the Saints Unified Voices. The artist has a handful of upcoming shows on her itinerary, including tomorrow (March 16) in Huntsville, Ala., and Saturday in Westbury, N.Y. A six-date European tour begins June 30 in Birmingham, England.
Here is the track listing for "Before Me":
"Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me"
"The Man I Love"
"Good Morning Heartache"
"Since I Fell for You"
"God Bless the Child"
"This Bitter Earth"
"I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good"
"Someone To Watch Over Me"
"But Not for Me"
"I'll Be Seeing You"