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Previously that same night, they had won their first Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for "Midnight Train to Georgia".
Porter had given them the song titled "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)", a song written and first recorded by fledgling country singer-songwriter Jim Weatherly.Released on December 26, 1972 on Motown's Soul Records imprint as S 35098, it became one of their biggest hit singles to date, and was also the last single the group released prior to them leaving Motown for Buddah Records in February 1973.By 1972, Gladys Knight & The Pips had spent six and a half years with Motown Records, having signed with the label in 1966.By that point, the song was already climbing the charts on both the pop and R&B charts, on its way to give the group their biggest hit since "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" roughly six years before.Motown issued the group's final contractual album, Neither One of Us, that March. It also crossed over to the adult contemporary chart, peaking at number 15.
Following the completion of the recording, Motown issued it for promotional use in December 1972, not too long afterwards.