the classic Gladys Knight & The Pips hit "Midnight Train To Georgia" was originally called "Midnight Plane To Houston"? The song's writer, Jim Weatherly, wrote the song after talking to Farrah Fawcett on the phone. Farrah told him she was leaving to visit her parents in Texas and that she was taking the midnight plane to Houston. He then wrote the song and recorded the song for his 1972 album "Weatherly".

This song made it's way to Cissy Houston (mother of Whitney). Her family was from Georgia so she asked Jim Weatherly if she could change Houston to Georgia. Also, her family didn't fly, they rode trains. Weatherly agreed to the changes. So Cissy Houston is responsible for changing the lyrics from "Midnight Plane To Houston" to the song we know today, "Midnight Train To Georgia". Cissy also recorded and released the song before Gladys Knight & The Pips did. Cissy's version is slower than the Gladys Knight & The Pips version, but still a nice version IMO. The song is one of my favorite old classics. I'll post both versions below for anyone who is interested in comparing them.

Cissy Houston's version:

Gladys Knight & The Pips version: