Gladys Knight & the Pips

Every Beat of My Heart

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Gladys Knight & the Pips' second release and first gold record (a single on Brunswick Records in 1958 was their first) was shrouded in controversy almost as soon as it hit the streets. Huntom Records, a small label in Atlanta, GA, released it first, but the story gets complicated after that because Huntom never signed them to a contract. Bobby Robinson, Fury Records' owner, heard the song, smelled money, hustled them to New York, signed them, and re-recorded the song with a slightly faster cadence. Unbeknown to Robinson, Huntom sold its master to Vee Jay. Both labels issued versions in May 1961; Fury credited theirs as Gladys Knight & the Pips, while Vee Jay, who released it twice with identical catalog numbers but different B-sides, credited theirs to the Pips. The two entities rode the chart simultaneously with the slow, bluesy Vee Jay release winning the race with an excellent number one R&B and number six pop showing; the fancied Fury release checked in at number 15 R&B and number 45 pop. A very confusing scenario: the same song, two versions, credited two ways, issued on three labels based in three different cities: Atlanta, New York, and Chicago. The young singers should have been rolling in royalties, but with all the commotion, they never saw a dime from any of the companies. The rip-off would have crushed the average group, but Gladys Knight & the Pips were no average group; the musically destined youngsters chalked the drama up to experience and forged on to have a superlative career. The Royals originally recorded the Johnny Otis composition that has seen its share of remakes.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1968 Bell 2:04
No Image 1970 Soul / Motown
No Image 1971 Motown
No Image 1973 TRIP 2:02
Anthology Series: The Best of Gladys Knight & the Pips 1974 Motown 1:56
In the Beginning 1974 Funky Town Grooves / Razor & Tie 2:06
No Image 1976 Vee-Jay 3:04
Oldies But Goodies: Legendary Hits 1979
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:01
No Image 1980 Manhattan Records
No Image 1981
Hits from the Legendary Vee Jay Records 1986
Various Artists
Motown 2:02
Super Oldies of the 60's, Vol. 3 1986
Various Artists
Audio Fidelity
American Rock 'N' Roll Classics, Vol. 5 1988
Various Artists
Roulette Records
16 Original Doo-Wop Classics 1989
Various Artists
Arista 2:05
Every Beat of My Heart [Capitol] 1989 St. Clair / Prime Cuts 2:03
History of Rock: The 60s, Pt. 3 1990
Various Artists
Collectables 2:10
Greatest Hits [Curb] 1990 Curb / Capitol 2:00
70 Ounces of Gold: Solid Gold 1992
Various Artists
Compose Records 2:06
Raging Harlem Hit Parade 1992
Various Artists
Relic Record Productions 2:08
Rhythm & Blues: 1961 1992
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
Fire/Fury Records Story 1993
Various Artists
Capricorn 2:04
Dick Clark's 21 All-Time Hits, Vol. 2 1994
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:02
Ebb Tide, Vol. 2 1994
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:12
The Golden Era of Doo-Wops: Fury Records 1994
Various Artists
Relic Record Productions 2:08
Love Sixties 1994
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels
Soul Love [Stardust] 1994
Various Artists
Beacon Records
Great Romantic Love Songs 1995
Various Artists
Prime Cuts 2:03
Room in Your Heart 1995 Drive Archive 2:01
Classic Soul Love Songs 1996
Various Artists
Intercontinental Records 2:49
Sixties Generation: 1961 1997
Various Artists
Retro Music 2:06
Vintage Soul Classics 1997
Various Artists
Beacon Records (Rock) / Beacon Records 2:01
Blues Brother Soul Sister [Time Music] 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Best of Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:01
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Planet 2:03
Soul Legends: The Classic Collections of Sweet Soul 1998
Various Artists
Master 2:04
Best of 60's Love 1998
Various Artists
Priority Records
Sixties Generation 1999
Various Artists
St. Clair / Boxsets 2:06
Sweet Soul Music [Dressed to Kill] 1999
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:05
Essential Collection 1999 Hip-O 2:04
The Very Best of the Early Years 1999 Collectables 2:06
Soul Emotions 1999
Various Artists
The Ultimate Music Collection 2:01
Gladys Knight & the Pips [Magic Collection] 2000 2:04
Soul Grooves 2000 Classic World Productions, Inc. 2:03
Jungle Love 2000 Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:03
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:01
Soul Ballads [Boxsets] 2000
Various Artists
Boxsets 0:00
The Ember Records Story 2000
Various Artists
Ember 2:02
Golden Legends 2000 Direct Source 2:04
Sixties Generation: A Decade of Change, Vol. 1 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:06
Golden Legends: The Groups 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:04
The Fire and Fury of Bobby Robinson 2000
Various Artists
RPM 2:05
VH1 Behind the Music: The Gladys Knight and the Pips Collection 2000 Buddha Records 2:07
Soul Aces: Every Beat of my Heart 2000 Metro 2:07
Golden Years 2000 Cleopatra 2:05
Life Under the Street Lamp 2000
Various Artists
Vital Sounds Entertainment / 2K / 2K Sounds 2:02
Soul Ballads, Vol. 3 [Retro] 2000
Various Artists
Retro Music 2:10
Homegirls of Soul 2001
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:00
Doo Wop Greats 2001
Various Artists
Goldies 2:02
Forever Gold 2001 St. Clair 2:05
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: Great Soul Ballads 2001
Various Artists
Goldies 2:01
23 Essential Soul Masters & Ballads 2001
Various Artists
Cleopatra 2:05
The Legends Collection: The Gladys Knight & The Pips Collection 2001 Legends Collection 2:03
Every Beat of My Heart [Prestige] 2002 Prestige 2:07
The Early Times of Gladys Knight & the Pips 2002 Park South Records / Orpheus Records 2:04
Soul: Angel of the Morning 2002 Past & Present Records 2:04
Homies in a Box 2002
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:00
Gold Collection: R&B Favorites 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:05
Gold Funk and Soul 2003
Various Artists
Cleopatra 2:05
History of Rock Box 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 2:56
Hall of Fame 2003 Laserlight 1:58
Platinum & Gold Collection 2003 BMG Heritage / Buddha Records 2:04
After Hours Soul 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:01
Love and Romance from the Heart 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:03
I Love Rock & Roll, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 2:05
Golden Oldies, Vol. 12 [2004 Original Sound] 2004
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:01
Love Songs 2005 BMG / Ariola 2:06
Soul 2 Soul 2005
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:01
Best of Soul: Four Tops/Temptations/Smokey Robinson 2005
Various Artists
Prime Cuts 2:04
The Fire & Fury Story [3 CD] 2005
Various Artists
Snapper 2:05
Golden Legends: Soul Legends 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:02
That's Soul [Golden Stars] 2006
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:01
Gold 2006 Hip-O 2:04
This Is R&B [Cleopatra] 2006
Various Artists
Cleopatra / Goldenlane 2:02
The Best of R&B [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:02
The Best Romantic Music 2006
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:03
Everybody Needs Love/Feelin' Bluesy 2006 Universal Distribution / Motown 1:54
13 R&B #1 Hits, Vol. 2 2006
Various Artists
United Multi License 2:03
Collections 2007 Legacy / Sony BMG 2:04
Love Will Find Its Own Way: The Best of Gladys Knight & the Pips 2007 Legacy 2:05
The Early Years 2008 Acrobat Music 2:06
Sweet Soul Music: 1961 2008
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:02
Sweet Soul Music [Masters Of] 2008
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill
S.O.U.L. 2011 Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment 2:02
Girls of the '60s: Dedicated to the One I Love 2013
Various Artists
Dynamic 2:01
No Image
Various Artists
Seven Days
No Image
Various Artists
Rhino
It All Started with Doo Wop
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:02
Motor City the Hits Collection, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Sound and Vision