William Guest, who was an original member of the legendary group Gladys Knight and the Pips, has died, according to reports.
Guest (above, far left) died in Detroit of congestive heart failure. He was 74 years old.
His sister-in-law Dhyana Ziegler, who helped Guest write and release his autobiography Midnight Train From Georgia: A Pip’s Journey in 2013, told reporters:
“I am so glad we finished the book, so his wonderful life and legacy will be celebrated throughout eternity. I loved my brother so much.”
And Guest’s daughter Monique added a statement on her father’s death:
“My heart is broken, but I know his legacy will live on.”
Guest had performed background vocals for Knight and the Pips from 1953 through their split in 1989, and was there when the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
The group also received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation for their legendary contributions to music.
More recently, Guest had been working with other artists as the CEO of Crew Records, which he formed after the Pips broke up.
Our thoughts are with Guest’s family, friends, and loved ones during this difficult time.
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