Saturday, February 25, 2006

Sweet Treats

The Sweet Inspirations - (Gotta Find) A Brand New Lover

The Sweet Inspirations, Cissy (mother of Whitney) Houston, Estelle Brown, Sylvia Shemwell and Myrna Smith, were equally as (if not more) well-known for singing backup on hits such as Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds" than for their solo recordings. "Sweet Inspiration" would end up being their biggest hit, but my favorite of theirs is today's selection, which was released as a two-part Atlantic single in 1969. This Gamble-Huff composition starts very similarly to many of their other Philly productions, but then settles into a very Southern-styled groove as the group "takes it to church" with the refrain "somebody who's gonna care about me" ... it's good soulful stuff. Although Cissy Houston left the group in 1970, they would go on to record more good music into the '70s, most notably with several recordings for Stax. Their recordings are surely worth checking out.

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