The Sweet Inspirations

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Female vocal group, formed 1967 in New York, New York. Already a group of session backing vocalists for years, they only formally became a band when they started recording singles in 1967. The original line-up comprised of group leader Emily "Cissy" Houston, Sylvia Shemwell, Myrna Smith and Estelle Brown.
Perhaps even more successful than with their own releases, they were as backing vocalists for Elvis Presley (from 1968 up to his death in 1977), Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Herbie Mann, Nina Simone, Solomon Burke, and Chuck Jackson.
Cissy Houston left in 1969 to be replaced by Ann Williams who only recorded on 1970's Sweet, Sweet Soul album. In 1979 Estelle quit the group and was replaced by Gloria Brown and Pat Terry. The group then disbanded after recording one last album, Hot Butterfly.
Sylvia Shemwell, Myrna Smith and Estelle Brown reunited in 1994, now with Portia Griffin as a new member. Sylvia Shemwell ceased performing after she suffered a stroke in 2001, and she died in Los Angeles on February 13th 2010. Myrna Smith was hospitalised for pneumonia and kidney failure during 2010, passing away on 24th December 2010 in Canoga Park, California.
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Albums

8155 The Sweet Inspirations — The Sweet Inspirations The Sweet Inspirations The Sweet Inspirations (Album) Atlantic, Atlantic 8155 US 1967 Sell This Version
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8182 Songs Of Faith & Inspiration — The Sweet Inspirations Cissy Drinkard & The Sweet Inspirations* Songs Of Faith & Inspiration (Album) Atlantic 8182 US 1968 Sell This Version
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588 137, 588137 What The World Needs Now Is Love — The Sweet Inspirations The Sweet Inspirations What The World Needs Now Is Love (Album) Atlantic 588 137, 588137 UK 1968 Sell This Version
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SD 8225 Sweets For My Sweet — The Sweet Inspirations The Sweet Inspirations Sweets For My Sweet (Album) Atlantic SD 8225 US 1969 Sell This Version
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8253 Sweet Sweet Soul — The Sweet Inspirations The Sweet Inspirations Sweet Sweet Soul (Album) Atlantic 8253 US 1970 Sell This Version
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STS-3017, STS 3017 Estelle, Myrna And Sylvia — The Sweet Inspirations The Sweet Inspirations Estelle, Myrna And Sylvia (Album) Stax STS-3017, STS 3017 US 1973 Sell This Version
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AW 14285 The Sweet Inspirations — The Sweet Inspirations The Sweet Inspirations The Sweet Inspirations (Album) Koala (3) AW 14285 US 1979 Sell This Version
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RS-1-3058, 2394 237 Hot Butterfly — The Sweet Inspirations Sweet Inspirations* Hot Butterfly (Album) RSO, RSO RS-1-3058, 2394 237 Jamaica 1979 Sell This Version
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5906192 One Night Of Sin — The Sweet Inspirations Big Fat Snake With The TCB Band & The Sweet Inspirations Big Fat Snake With The TCB Band & The Sweet Inspirations - One Night Of Sin CMC 5906192 Denmark 2003 Sell This Version
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FRX100023 In The Right Place — The Sweet Inspirations The Sweet Inspirations In The Right Place(CD, Album) Frixion Records FRX100023 US 2005 Sell This Version
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EUMASE2004 Aloha From Sweden — The Sweet Inspirations The TCB Band & The Sweet Inspirations, Al Dvorin Featuring Maarten Jansen (2) The TCB Band & The Sweet Inspirations, Al Dvorin Featuring Maarten Jansen (2) - Aloha From Sweden(DVD-V + CD) Elvis Unlimited EUMASE2004 Denmark 2006 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

45-2465 Do Right Woman - Do Right Man / Reach Out For Me — The Sweet Inspirations The Sweet Inspirations Do Right Woman - Do Right Man / Reach Out For Me (Single) Atlantic 45-2465 US 1967 Sell This Version
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45-2449 Oh! What A Fool I've Been / Don't Fight It   — The Sweet Inspirations The Sweet Inspirations Oh! What A Fool I've Been / Don't Fight It (Single) Atlantic 45-2449 US 1967 Sell This Version
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45-2436 I've Been Loving You Too Long / That's How Strong My Love Is — The Sweet Inspirations The Sweet Inspirations I've Been Loving You Too Long / That's How Strong My Love Is (Single) Atlantic 45-2436 Jamaica 1967 Sell This Version
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45-2418 Let It Be Me / When Something Is Wrong With My Baby — The Sweet Inspirations The Sweet Inspirations Let It Be Me / When Something Is Wrong With My Baby (Single) Atlantic 45-2418 US 1967 Sell This Version
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2410X Why (Am I Treated So Bad) / I Don't Want To Go On Without You — The Sweet Inspirations The Sweet Inspirations Why (Am I Treated So Bad) / I Don't Want To Go On Without You (Single) Atlantic 2410X Canada 1967 Sell This Version
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AT 2551X Unchained Melody — The Sweet Inspirations The Sweet Inspirations Unchained Melody (Single) Atlantic AT 2551X Canada 1968 Sell This Version
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584233 What The World Needs Now Is Love / You Really Didn't Mean It — The Sweet Inspirations The Sweet Inspirations What The World Needs Now Is Love / You Really Didn't Mean It (Single) Atlantic 584233 UK 1968 Sell This Version
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45-2529 To Love Somebody / Where Did It Go — The Sweet Inspirations The Sweet Inspirations To Love Somebody / Where Did It Go (Single) Atlantic 45-2529 US 1968 Sell This Version
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45-2476 Sweet Inspiration — The Sweet Inspirations The Sweet Inspirations Sweet Inspiration (Single) Atlantic 45-2476 US 1968 Sell This Version
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ATL JB 03917 Giorno Di Festa (Sweet Inspiration) / Amen — The Sweet Inspirations The Sweet Inspirations / Otis Redding The Sweet Inspirations / Otis Redding - Giorno Di Festa (Sweet Inspiration) / Amen(7", Jukebox) Atlantic ATL JB 03917 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
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DAT-1057 Sweet Inspiration / Oh! What A Fool I've Been  — The Sweet Inspirations The Sweet Inspirations Sweet Inspiration / Oh! What A Fool I've Been (7", Single) Atlantic DAT-1057 Japan 1968 Sell This Version
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EP. 1016, EP-ST A-1016 What The World Needs Now Is Love — The Sweet Inspirations The Sweet Inspirations What The World Needs Now Is Love(7", EP) Atlantic, Atlantic EP. 1016, EP-ST A-1016 US 1968 Sell This Version
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EP-02-36 Unchained Melody — The Sweet Inspirations The Sweet Inspirations Unchained Melody(7", EP) Atlantic, Alvorada EP-02-36 Portugal 1968 Sell This Version
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45-2638 Sweets For My Sweet — The Sweet Inspirations The Sweet Inspirations Sweets For My Sweet (Single) Atlantic 45-2638 US 1969 Sell This Version