William Guest, the singer who was a member of Gladys Knight and the Pips, has died. He was 74.

William Guest Dies

Guest died of congestive heart failure on Thursday in Detroit, his sister-in-law Dhyana Ziegler confirmed. Ziegler, who was close to Guest and co-wrote his autobiography Midnight Train From George: A Pips Journey with him, was happy that they had gotten his life story out before his passing.

“I am so glad we finished the book, so his wonderful life and legacy will be celebrated throughout eternity,” Ziegler said. “I loved my brother so much.”

Guest’s daughter Monique Guest also released a statement upon his passing. “My heart is broken,” she said. “But I know his legacy will live on.”

Gladys Knight and the Pips formed in 1953 and continued performing together through 1989. Guest, who was with the group throughout its run, performed backing vocals for Gladys Knight on hit tracks such as “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.”

Gladys Knight and the Pips were inducted into the Rock and roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Ten years later, they were also inducted into the Apollo Hall of Fame.

“We have lost many along the way; Edward Patten, Eleanor Guest, and now William Guest,” Knight said in a statement. “We tried using our gifts of music in a way that would be pleasing to God. Please, take care of their journeys home and I say thank you Lord for a long and wonderful ride.”

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