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The Sweet Inspirations

If one was cutting a soul, R&B, pop, rock, or girl group record in New York in the '60s and needed female backup vocals, chances are they'd try to get the Sweet Inspirations first. The group found their way onto numerous recordings, including hits by the Drifters, Van Morrison, Wilson Pickett, Solomon Burke, Garnett Mimms, and most famously, Aretha Franklin (with whom they sometimes toured).

The group evolved from the '50s gospel group the Drinkard Singers. At various points soul singers Doris Troy, Judy Clay, Dionne Warwick, and sister Dee Dee Warwick were members. By the time they began to record on their own in 1967, their leader was Cissy Houston (mother of Whitney), and the women were renamed the Sweet Inspirations.

As an Atlantic recording act, the group cut some fine sides that rank among the clearest illustrations of the close links between soul music and gospel harmony. Usually sticking to material by famed soul and pop songwriters, they had about a half-dozen moderate R&B hits in the late '60s; the biggest, "Sweet Inspiration," was a Top 20 pop single. Houston left the group at the end of the '60s and the Inspirations left Atlantic in the early '70s, sometimes working with Elvis Presley and recording the album Estelle, Myrna and Sylvia for Stax in 1973. ~ Richie Unterberger
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Track List: The Sweet Inspirations

1. Oh! What A Fool I've Been

2. Blues Stay Away From Me

3. Don't Let Me Lose This Dream

4. Knock On Wood

5. Do Right Woman-Do Right Man

6. Don't Fight It

7. Sweet Inspiration

8. Let It Be Me

9. I'm Blue

10. Reach Out For Me

11. Here I Am (Take Me)

12. Why (Am I Treated So Bad)

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not Ike & Tina but I like the song
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cmyers3402
Beautiful voices - had never heard of them. Thanks Pandora
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danib26
awesome. fact check. they backed up the king for SEVEN YEARS!! not just sometimes..h a . . w o w
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Check out their comeback in the documentary, This Time.
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CLASSIC!!!!
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kimjones133
it just make the day
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indigomood82
I like them but so far the beats are whack
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tarvismack
My God these Sisters are singing....m y Lord. What beautiful voices...the y sound so darn good. I wonder why everyone used them back in the day. They bad.

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