Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)

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"Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)"
Single by Gladys Knight & the Pips
from the album Neither One of Us
B-side "Can't Give It Up No More"
Released January 1973
Genre Soul
Length 4:24
Label Motown
Writer(s) Jim Weatherly
Producer(s) Joe Porter
Gladys Knight & the Pips singles chronology
"Help Me Make It Through the Night
"Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)"
"Daddy Could Swear, I Declare"

"Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)" is a song recorded by Gladys Knight & the Pips. Released in 1973 from the album, Neither One of Us, the song spent four weeks at number one on the Soul Singles chart during the spring of that year.[1] The song was also one of their biggest crossover hits, peaking at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, behind "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" by Vicki Lawrence. It was one of the group's last hits with Motown before leaving for Buddah Records. It also won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Saxophonist David Sanborn covered the song from his 1982 album Backstreet.[2] American rock and soul duo Hall & Oates covered the song on their 2004 album Our Kind of Soul. Country singer Bob Luman recorded a successful cover version of "Neither One of Us ... ." His version reached number seven on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, concurrent with the success of the Gladys Knight & the Pips' version. R&B singer Angie Stone also sampled it for "No More Rain (In This Cloud)" from her 1999 album, Black Diamond.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. Billboard Best Selling Soul Singles 1


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 330. 
  2. ^ "Backstreet overview". 

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Preceded by
"Love Train" by The O'Jays
Billboard Best Selling Soul Singles number-one single
March 17 - April 7, 1973
Succeeded by
"Masterpiece" by The Temptations