Release Date

October 9, 1973

Singer/songwriter Jim Weatherly wrote this song. He also wrote “Midnight Train to Georgia,” and “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye),” which were also million-selling hits for Gladys Knight & The Pips. In the early-to-mid-1970s, Gladys Knight & the Pips recorded several of Weatherly’s songs, and in 1974, they dipped into his catalog once again with their rendition of the song. Their version, titled “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me,” reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 that spring and topped the Hot Soul Singles for two weeks. The single was certified gold by the RIAA for sales of one million copies. It also reached the top 10 in the United Kingdom.