We all know the song “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight and the Pips. It was number one for two weeks in 1973 and became a classic song about disappointment and devotion. You might not know how the song began, and who inspired it.
In 1970, a songwriter named Jim Weatherly called his buddy on the phone. He wasn’t home, but his girlfriend, this woman named Farrah Fawcett, answered the phone. Weatherly chatted with her a bit and Fawcett said she was packing for a “midnight plane to Houston.” He thought that sounded like a good title for a song…
Weatherly recorded “Midnight Plane to Houston” himself as a ballad that borders on folk music. You really should listen to it, at least for a verse or so. Cissy Houston recorded the song and gave it soul (and a new name), but the Gladys Knight version gave it a big anthem sound- and immortality. Read the story of “Midnight Plane to Houston,” with plenty of videos, at Auston Kleon’s blog. -via Nag on the Lake