Billboard #1 Hits: #308: “Midnight Train To Georgia”- Gladys Knight and The Pips. October 27, 1973. #1 for 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: “Midnight Train To Georgia”- Gladys Knight and The Pips
- Record Company- Buddah
- Genre: Soul
- Written by Jim Weatherly
- Time: 3:55
- B-side:”Window Raisin’ Granny”
- Grade: A+
- Peaked at #1 2 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100. #10 in UK Singles Chart.
1973 was a big year for the state of Georgia- with 2 #1 hits “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia” and “Midnight Train To Georgia”- the devil didn’t go down to Georgia until later in the decade.
“Midnight Train To Georgia” won the Grammy for Best R&B Vocal performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus. What a great song- one of those songs I never get tired of hearing. The writer of the song Jim Weatherly orignally wrote and performed the song as “Midnight Plane To Houston” and released it- it was sort of a country song. Weatherly sent the song to a guy named Sonny Limbo in Atlanta who wanted to cut the song with Cissy Houston- and he suggested the change- Weatherly agreed as long as the rest of the song wasn’t changed.
Weatherly, in a later interview with Gary James, stated that the phone conversation in question had been with Farrah Fawcett and he used Fawcett and his friend Lee Majors, whom she had just started dating, “as kind of like characters.” Weatherly, at a program in Nashville, said he had been the quarterback at the University of Mississippi, and the NFL didn’t work out for him, so he was in Los Angeles trying to write songs. He was in a rec football league with Lee Majors and called Majors one night. Farrah Fawcett answered the phone and he asked what she was doing. She said she was “taking the midnight plane to Houston” to visit her family. He thought that was a catchy phrase for a song, and in writing the song, wondered why someone would leave L.A. on the midnight plane — which brought the idea of a “superstar, but he didn’t get far.”