The Sweet Inspirations

Genres: Christian & Gospel Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Tags: soul female vocalists 70s funk r and b gospel Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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The Sweet Inspirations’ career reached back into the Drinkard Singers, a formative gospel group whose fluid line-up included Dionne Warwick and Cissy Houston. The group dropped this name on pursuing a secular path as session singers. Houston remained at the helm during several subsequent changes, (Doris Troy and Judy Clay were among the former members), and the group emerged from its backroom role with a recording contract of its own. Now dubbed the Sweet Inspirations by Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler, the line-up of Houston, Sylvia Shemwell (Clay’s sister), Myrna Smith and Estelle Brown secured a minor hit with ‘Why (Am I Treated So Bad)’ (1967), but it was a self-titled composition, ‘Sweet Inspiration’ which gave the group its best-remembered single, reaching the US Top 20 in 1968. When Houston left for a belated solo career in 1970, the remaining trio, Smith, Brown and Shemwell, joined Elvis Presley’s concert retinue,...

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