Sweet Inspirations, The

Also known as "Sweets", The, Cissy Drinkard & The Sweet Inspirations, Sweet Inspiration, Sweet Inspiration, The, Sweet Inspirations
Members of Sweet Inspirations, The: Cissy Houston, Estelle Brown, Eunice Peterson, Myrna Smith, Portia Griffin, Sylvia Shemwell
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.sweetinspirations.org/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_Inspirations, http://www.thedeadrockstarsclub.com/2010.html, http://www.thedeadrockstarsclub.com/2010b.html

Discography of Sweet Inspirations, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Love Is On The Way 2 Audio 1979 RSO
2 That's The Way My Baby Is / At Last I've Found A Love 2 Audio 1970 Atlantic
3 Dirty Tricks / Try A Little Tenderness 2 Audio 1974 Stax
4 Hot Butterfly 8 Audio 1979 RSO
5 Celebration! (The Remixes Part 2) 3 Audio 2005 Frixion Records
6 Love Revolution 10 Audio 2002 Frixion Records
7 Hot Butterfly 8 Audio 1979 RSO
8 Estelle, Myrna And Sylvia 9 Audio 1973 Stax
9 (Gotta Find) A Brand New Lover - Part 1 2 Audio 1970 Atlantic
10 Light Sings / This World 2 Audio 1970 Atlantic
11 Sweet Love / How Can We Say Goodbye 2 Audio Soul Tribe
12 Love Revolution 6 Audio 2002 Frixion Records
13 Ya Viene El Amor (Love Is On The Way) 2 Audio 1979
14 (Gotta Find) A Brand New Lover 2 Audio 1970 Atlantic
15 Let It Be Me / When Something Is Wrong With My Baby 2 Audio 1967
16 Black Sunday (Parts 1 & 2) 2 Audio 1977 Caribou Records
17 Estelle, Myrna And Sylvia 9 Audio 1973 Stax
18 Sweets For My Sweet 11 Audio 1969 Atlantic
19 That's The Way My Baby Is / At Last I've Found A Love 2 Audio 1970 Atlantic
20 The Sweet Inspirations 12 Audio 1967 Atlantic
21 Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday / Crying In The Rain 2 Audio 1969 Atlantic
22 Light Sings / This World 2 Audio 1970 Atlantic
23 Sweet Sweet Soul 10 Audio 1970 Atlantic
24 What The World Needs Now Is Love 2 Audio 1968-11-00 Atlantic
25 One Night Of Sin 3 Audio 2003 CMC Entertainment
26 I've Been Loving You Too Long / That's How Strong My Love Is 4 Audio 1967 Atlantic
27 What The World Needs Now Is Love 12 Audio 1968 Atlantic
28 Sweet Sweet Soul 10 Audio 1970 Atlantic
29 Black Sunday 2 Audio 1977 Caribou Records
30 Sweets For My Sweet 2 Audio 1969 Atlantic
31 Unchained Melody / Am I Ever Gonna See My Baby Again 4 Audio 1968 Atlantic
32 Sweet Sweet Soul 10 Audio 1970 Atlantic
33 Love Is On The Way 2 Audio 1979 RSO
34 To Love Somebody / Where Did It Go 2 Audio 1968 Atlantic
35 Let It Be Me / When Something Is Wrong With My Baby 2 Audio 1967 Atlantic
36 Desencadenando Melodias / Amar A Alguien 2 Audio 1968
37 (Gotta Find) A Brand New Lover 2 Audio 1970 Atlantic
38 Songs Of Faith & Inspiration 10 Audio 1968 Atlantic
39 Estelle, Myrna And Sylvia 11 Audio 1991 Stax
40 Do Right Woman - Do Right Man / Reach Out For Me 2 Audio 1967 Atlantic
41 Slipped And Tripped 2 Audio 1973 Stax
42 Love Is On The Way 2 Audio 1979 RSO
43 Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday / Crying In The Rain 2 Audio 1969 Atlantic
44 Why (Am I Treated So Bad?) 4 Audio 1967 Atlantic
45 Why (Am I Treated So Bad) / Sweet Inspiration 2 Audio Atlantic
46 Baci Baci Baci 2 Audio 1969 Atlantic
47 What The World Needs Now Is Love 2 Audio 1968 Atlantic
48 The Sweet Inspirations 12 Audio 1967 Atlantic
49 Sweets For My Sweet 11 Audio 1969 Atlantic
50 What The World Needs Now Is Love / You Really Didn't Mean It 2 Audio Atlantic


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 succesful than with their own releases, they were as backing vocalists for [a=Elvis Presley] (from 1968 up to his death in 1977) and [a=Aretha Franklin].

Cissy Houston left in 1969 to be replaced by Ann Williams who only recorded on 1970's [i]Sweet, Sweet Soul[/i] 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, [i]Hot Butterfly[/i].

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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