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. They have remained active until today. 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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The Sweet Inspirations Discography Tracks

Albums

The Sweet Inspirations The Sweet Inspirations (Album) Atlantic, Atlantic US 1967 Sell This Version
Cissy Drinkard & The Sweet Inspirations* Songs Of Faith & Inspiration (Album) Atlantic US 1968 Sell This Version
The Sweet Inspirations What The World Needs Now Is Love (Album) Atlantic UK 1968 Sell This Version
The Sweet Inspirations Sweets For My Sweet (Album) Atlantic US 1969 Sell This Version
The Sweet Inspirations Sweet Sweet Soul (Album) Atlantic US 1970 Sell This Version
The Sweet Inspirations Estelle, Myrna And Sylvia (Album) Stax US 1973 Sell This Version
Sweet Inspirations* Hot Butterfly (Album) RSO US 1979 Sell This Version
AW 14285 The Sweet Inspirations The Sweet Inspirations(LP, Album) Koala (3) AW 14285 US 1979 Sell This Version
5906192 Big Fat Snake with The TCB Band & The Sweet Inspirations Big Fat Snake with The TCB Band & The Sweet Inspirations - One Night Of Sin(CD, Copy Prot.) CMC 5906192 Denmark 2003 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

2750 Sweet Inspirations* This World(7", S/Sided, Single) Atlantic 2750 US 1961 Sell This Version
The Sweet Inspirations Let It Be Me / When Something Is Wrong With My Baby (Single) Atlantic US 1967 Sell This Version
The Sweet Inspirations Do Right Woman - Do Right Man / Reach Out For Me Atlantic US 1967 Sell This Version
The Sweet Inspirations Oh! What A Fool I've Been / Don't Fight It (Single) Atlantic US 1967 Sell This Version
The Sweet Inspirations I've Been Loving You Too Long / That's How Strong My Love Is Atlantic US 1967 Sell This Version
The Sweet Inspirations Why (Am I Treated So Bad) / I Don't Want To Go On Without You (Single) Atlantic Canada 1967 Sell This Version
The Sweet Inspirations I'm Blue / Sweet Inspiration (Single) Atlantic US 1968 Sell This Version
The Sweet Inspirations What The World Needs Now Is Love / You Really Didn't Mean It (Single) Atlantic UK 1968 Sell This Version
The Sweet Inspirations Unchained Melody / Am I Ever Gonna See My Baby Again (Single) Atlantic Germany 1968 Sell This Version
The Sweet Inspirations To Love Somebody / Where Did It Go (Single) Atlantic US 1968 Sell This Version
ATL JB 03917 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
EP. 1016, EP-ST A-1016 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
ATL-NP 03083 The Sweet Inspirations Giorno Di Festa(7") Atlantic ATL-NP 03083 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
EP - 02 - 36 The Sweet Inspirations Unchained Melody / Sweet Inspiration(7", EP) Atlantic EP - 02 - 36 Portugal 1968 Sell This Version
AK-2675 The Sweet Inspirations What The World Needs Now Is Love / You Really Didn't Mean It(7", Single, Promo, Sam) Atlantic AK-2675 Australia 1968 Sell This Version
The Sweet Inspirations Sweets For My Sweet (Single) Atlantic US 1969 Sell This Version

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