Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Sweet Inspirations - 1969 - Sweets For My Sweet

The Sweet Inspirations 
Sweets For My Sweet

01. But You Know I Love You 2:33
02. Chained 2:14
03. It's Not Easy 3:06
04. Get A Little Order 2:05
05. Don't Go 2:14
06. It's Worth It All 2:58
07. Sweets For My Sweet 2:39
08. Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday 2:29
09. Let Me Be Lonely 3:54
10. Crying In The Rain 2:26
11. Always David 3:26

Ann Williams
Sylvia Shemwell
Myrna Smith
Estelle Brown

Barry Beckett Organ, Piano
Roger Hawkins Drums
David Hood Bass
Jimmy Johnson Guitar
Junior Lowe Guitar
Duane Allman Guitar

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 Elvis Presley (from 1968 up to his death in 1977) and Aretha Franklin.

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.

Originally released in 1969 by Atlantic Records, Sweets for My Sweet, the Sweet Inspirations' fourth album, burns rubber in CD format. Elvis Presley's favorite female backing vocalists turn "Chained" (made famous by Marvin Gaye) into a fiery testimonial; Gaye was serious, but these ladies sound ready to die for their men. Other selections that make your hair stand up are Joshie Armstead, Nickolas Ashford, and Valerie Simpson's "Don't Go," the title track (an old Drifters hit), Eddie Hinton's "Always David," and William Bell and Booker T. Jones' "Everyday Is Like a Holiday." A gratifying girl group with a full sound that hits the spot every time.