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Edward Patten


Edward Patten, a member of Gladys Knight & The Pips, died Feb. 25 in Detroit. He was 66.

Gladys Knight & the Pips, comprised of Knight; her brother, Merald “Bubba” Knight; and their cousins Guest and Patten, recorded for Motown from 1966-1973 and for Buddah Records from 1973-77. They later recorded for CBS until breaking up in 1989.

The group, whose hits included “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “Midnight Train To Georgia,” won four Grammys and was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Patten was one of the founders of Crew Records, based in Detroit and Atlanta, and sang backup for the label’s recording artists.

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