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Gladys Knight & The Pips member William Guest Dies, Recording Academy responds

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William Guest (l) with Gladys Knight and the Pips.

Glady Knight and the Pips member, William Guest has passed away.  The Associated Press reports Guest died of congestive heart failure in Detroit, MI on Christmas Eve. His sister-in-law, Dhyana Ziegler Tweeted the news on Thursday evening.
A member of the Grammy winning group from its inception in 1953 to its end in 1989, Guest performed on the legendary group's many R&B classics "Midnight Train to Georgia," "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye),” and “Love Overboard.” 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Apollo Hall of Fame member was Gladys Knight's cousin.

His daughter announced his passing on Christmas Eve on Facebook.

Guest was 74.

Statement from the Recording Academy on the Death of William Guest

William Guest was a much beloved music creator and performer. A GRAMMY® winner for his work with Gladys Knight and the Pips, he remained an integral part of the group until 1989. In addition to his musical talents, William was also an accomplished businessman, having started a production company as well as serving as CEO of Crew Records. Our creative community has lost a truly gifted and cherished artist and our sincerest condolences go out to William’s family, friends, and all of those who had the pleasure of working with him.

Neil Portnow
The Recording Academy