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The Sweet Inspirations The Sweet Inspriations


The original backup group, that was so in demand among producers, publishers, artists, and songwriters in the early 1960s, included Doris Troy and the two Warwick sisters. Both Troy and Dionne Warwick enjoyed solo careers with hits in 1963, “Just One Look” and “Don’t Make Me Over” respectively, on which the Sweet Inspirations can be heard. At that time, Sylvia Shemwell (sister of Judy Clay) replaced Troy, while Cissy Houston took over from Dionne, with Dee Dee Warwick as the group’s official leader. The group sang backup for many stars, including Solomon BurkeAretha FranklinWilson Pickett, and Esther Phillips. Dee Dee left in 1965, when her solo career began to take off. She was replaced by Myrna Smith. Estelle Brown joined the team soon after, and the line-up that was to become an Atlantic recording group was set.

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The Sweet Inspirations were an American R&B girl group founded by Emily "Cissy" Houston  mother of Whitney Houston, and sister of Lee Warwick (herself the mother of well-known sisters Dee Dee and Dionne Warwick).


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