Known as the “Empress of Soul”, Gladys Knight is an American singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman, and author. A seven-time Grammy winner she has enjoyed #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance.

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Performed at The Grand – February 2011

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(1932-2020)  An American musician, singer, and songwriter, Richard Wayne Penniman, known as Little Richard, was an influential figure in popular music and culture for seven decades. Little Richard combined the sacred shouts of the black church and the profane sounds of the blues to create some of the world’s first and most influential rock ‘n’ roll records. One of Richard’s signature songs, “Tutti Frutti” (1955) became an instant hit, crossing over to the pop charts in both the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

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Performed at The Grand – September 2002


is an American rock ‘n roll singer and dancer. He is widely known for popularizing many dance styles including the twist. With his 1960 hit cover of Hank Ballard & The Midnighters’ R&B hit “The Twist” and his hit “Pony Time”, Checker secured his place in rock ‘n roll history.

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Performed at The Grand – May 2009 and October 2016