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William Guest dead; Gladys Knight and the Pips member was 74

Gladys Knight, flanked by William Guest, and Merald

Gladys Knight, flanked by William Guest, and Merald Knight at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Jan. 17, 1996. Guest, a member of Gladys Knight and the Pips, died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. He was 74. Credit: AP / Mark Lennihan

LOS ANGELES — William Guest, a member of Gladys Knight and the Pips, has died. He was 74.

Guest’s sister-in-law, Dhyana Ziegler, said he died Thursday in Detroit of congestive heart failure.

Guest performed throughout the life span of the Grammy-winning group from 1953 to 1989. He performed background vocals on hits such as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “Midnight Train to Georgia.”

Gladys Knight and the Pips were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Apollo Hall of Fame in 2006.

After the group ended, Guest and another member, the late Edward Patten, formed a production company. Guest later served as CEO of Crew Records. He released his autobiography “Midnight Train From Georgia: A Pips Journey” in 2013 with Ziegler.

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