February 27, 2005

HE'S LEAVIN'...:

EDWARD PATTEN | 1939-2005: Motown singer was the pillar of the Pips (JACK KRESNAK, February 26, 2005, Detroit FREE PRESS)

Edward Patten was not just any Pip.

Besides singing bass and then tenor -- his voice had incredible range -- on harmonies backing up the group's lead singer, Gladys Knight, Patten also served as one of the group's choreographers as well as the treasurer who made sure that promoters paid and that the travel and accommodation plans were set.

"When Edward and Langston George became part of the Pips, we danced a whole 'nother way," said William Guest, one of the original Pips. "He was that type of guy. He made sure that we did things right. We called him Daddy Patten. He was no more than two to three years older than me and a year older than Langston, but we respected him."

Patten, who had lived in Detroit since 1964 when Gladys Knight and the Pips joined Berry Gordy Jr.'s Motown records, died early Friday at St. Mary Hospital in Livonia. He was 65 and had been in ill health since a series of strokes beginning in 1995 left him unable to sing.

Patten, Guest and Knight are cousins.


Who didn't grow up dreaming of being the Pips' bass?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 27, 2005 9:06 AM
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On my mind.

Posted by: ghostcat at February 27, 2005 12:49 PM
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