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Edward Patten, former members of Pips, dies

Singer, 66, passes away after suffering stroke
/ Source: The Associated Press

A member of the Grammy-winning group Gladys Knight and The Pips has died. Edward Patten was 66.

William Guest, another member of the group, says Patten died early this morning at a hospital in Michigan, from a stroke he had suffered a few days before.

The Atlanta native had been living in Detroit.

Gladys Knight and the Pips’ roots are in Atlanta. But the group became prominent as part of the Motown music scene in Detroit in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The group’s hits include “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “Midnight Train to Georgia.” They eventually disbanded to pursue solo careers.

Gladys Knight and the Pips were inducted into the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Guest remembers Patten as a good person who always had an interest in music.