Gladys Knight & Natalie Cole
Open Sky Theater at Harrah's Rincon (San Diego)
The great ones endure, and Gladys Knight has long been one of the greatest. Very few singers over the last fifty years have matched her unassailable artistry. This seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed #1 hits in pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance.
All told, Knight has recorded more than 38 albums over the years, including four solo albums during the past decade: "Good Woman" (1991); "Just for You" (1994); the inspirational "Many Different Roads" (1999); and "At Last" (2001). "At Last" showed the world that she still has what it takes to record a hit album, employing the talents of contemporary producers like Randy Jackson, Gary Brown and James D.C. Williams III, Jon John, Jamey Jaz, Keith Thomas, Tom Dowd and Tiger Roberts.
Nine-time GRAMMY award winner singer, songwriter and performer Natalie Cole has proven to be one of the most beloved performers of all time. Cole released her second book "Love Brought Me Back" in November 2010 chronicling her path to a kidney transplant in 2009.
Natalie Cole rocketed to stardom in 1975 with her debut album, Inseparable, earning her a #1 single, "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" and two Grammy® awards for Best New Artist, as well as Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. More hit singles followed, including 1976's "Sophisticated Lady (She's A Different Lady)," 1977's "I've Got Love on My Mind," 1978's "Our Love" and 1980's "Someone That I Used to Love." In 1987, she released Dangerous, which sold over two million copies in the U.S. and garnered her three hit singles: "Jump Start," "I Live For Your Love" and a remake of Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac."
Cole's latest album Still Unforgettable was released on September 9, 2008 garnering her two more GRAMMY awards for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and Best Instrumental Accompanying Vocalist. It also earned Cole a NAACP Award for Best Jazz Artist. During the recording of this album Cole was diagnosed with Hepatitis C during a routine examination, likely the result of her drug use many decades ago. She began to undergo an extensive chemotherapy treatment for the disease, which the side effects for paired with the strenuous promotional schedule in support of Still Unforgettable, led to her being rushed to a New York hospital Shortly after her hospitalization, Cole began receiving dialysis, three times a week, for her failing kidneys, her future now uncertain without a kidney transplant. In May of 2009 Natalie Cole underwent kidney transplant surgery in Los Angeles the result of a deceased organ donor through the regional organ procurement agency, One Legacy.
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