The Sweet Inspirations Inducted into The Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame

by Caroline Pratt – Elvis Presley Fans of Nashville

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

6591563The Sweet Inspirations, were inducted into The Rhythm, and Blues Music Hall of Fame located in Cleveland, Ohio in an induction ceremony conducted August 24, 2014 at the Canton Palace Theater. The award was accepted posthumously by the families of Myrna Smith and Sylvia Shemwell.

We did not only accept in honor of the late Myrna Smith and the late Sylvia Shemwell, but gave well deserved credit to Estelle Brown and also to Portia Griffin, said Martin Smith, son of the late Sweet Inspiration Myrna Smith. As well as mentioned that all members of the group need to be individually acknowledged since they worked very hard. ”

The Sweet Inspirations founder Emily “Cissy” Houston, was unable to attend the induction ceremony. Cissy did compose a beautiful letter that was read out loud at the ceremony, said Martin Smith, the son of the late Myrna Smith of The Sweet Inspirations. The letter merely affirmed how Cissy developed The Sweet Inspirations and expressed how very much she appreciated the acknowledgement. Cissy’s late daughter Whitney Houston, was also inducted that day into the R&B Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Sweet Inspirations were founded in the early 1960’s by Emily “Cissy” Houston, mother of Whitney Houston. Original Sweet Inspirations members are Emily “Cissy” Houston, Myrna Smith, Estelle Brown, Sylvia Shemwell, Judy Clay and later Ann Williams.The Sweet Inspirations first record album “Sweet Inspirations” was released in 1967 on Atlantic Records. Cissy’s last recording session with The Sweet Inspirations was in October 1969. The Sweet Inspirations spent many years creating albums, and backing up popular musical entertainers such as Van Morrison on “Brown Eyed Girl,” and Jimi Hendrix and Aretha Franklin. In 1978, The Sweet Inspirations sang backing vocals on Frankie Valli’s No.1 hit “Grease” from the film of the same name. The Sweet Inspirations last album “In The Right Place” was released in 2005.Albums by The Sweet Inspirations:
1967 Sweet Inspirations – Atlantic
1968 Songs of Faith & Inspiration – Atlantic
1969 Sweets for my Sweet – Atlantic
1969 What the World Needs Now is Love – Atlantic
1970 Sweet Sweet Soul – Atlantic
1973 The Estelle, Myrna and Sylvia – Stax
1979 Hot Butterfly – RSO
2005 In the Right Place – Frixion


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