Just the truth, offered with utmost respect. Well, now that I have visited, ana, I will most certainly be hanging out over there a lot!! You should, too, folks - check out one of the coolest New Orleans Music Blogs on the planet Album) Singing Bonescomposed by a native who obviously loves her hometown, and is as much of a vinyl junkie as I am A caught a few packets from your post that I didn't know - Van McCoy was writing way back then in the beginning?
I had no idea. As always, you pack a powerful punch of knowledge in every post - I continue to learn, Much health and fortune to Sir Brown! I played that song in the club when I was a DJ from about to It always filled the dance floor.
I never heard it played on radio or any other local club but I understand that it was quite the underground early disco hit. Post a Comment. View my complete profile. This page is dedicated to the poor, neglected LP sides of all these 45s I have. Let's listen to 'em together The very nature of the tracks we put up here is that they are obscure, and are transferred from my original scratched-up vinyl records to the computer.
They may LP be re-issued on a CD. If they are, you should buy them All of which kind of makes Atlantic's decision to cut a Gospel album on them at the height of their success kind of strange. I guess you have to give Wexler credit, I mean he knew that Gospel was their first love, and he let them sing it They would also overdub their unbelievable background vocals in New York that summer when Atlantic brought back the tapes that they had recorded with Dusty Springfield at American in Memphis.
Just listen to Son of a Preacher Man sometime, and you get the idea of how important the Sweet Inspirations were to the Atlantic Sound.
I don't think they've received nearly enough credit for that. Emboldened by his own American Studio recordings that had put him back in the top ten inElvis decided to return to performing in public. His engagement that christened The International Hotel in Vegas that July would mark his first appearance in over eight years. He could have chosen anybody to sing with him, but he chose The Sweet Inspirations. Deep down inside, he knew the deal. The Sweets provided his shows with some much needed soul, and I think he appreciated that.
They would sing behind him for the rest of his life. This is really a great album, and captures Album) fabled 'second rhythm section' at the height of their powers. Two more singles released from the LP failed to chart, however, and Cissy Houston left the group shortly after that. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Add links. Tom DowdTommy Cogbill. The Sweet Inspirations also began recording and touring with Elvis Presley as both background singers and his warm-up act,  as well as doing occasional live dates with Aretha Franklin.
Houston's last recording session with The Sweet Inspirations was in Octobersince she wanted to pursue a solo career and concentrate on her family. The remainder of the album was recorded in Novemberwith Shemwell, Brown, Smith, and new member Ann Williams, a friend of Brown's who stayed for what turned out to be the group's last full Atlantic album.
Moss disappeared during a tour with Elvis Presley and did not return to the group. Inthe group sang backing vocals on Frankie Valli 's No. Inthe group toured with The Bee Gees during their U.
Spirits Having Flown Tour singing backup. They performed at Elvis Presley tribute shows,  and released new material in Shemwell suffered a stroke in that has kept her from performing with the group.
Shemwell died on February 13, Once back in the U. Smith was replaced with Los Angeles-based singer Kelly Jones; as of March [update]the Sweet Inspirations are continuing to perform backup vocals with Elvis: The Concert and continue to do many concerts worldwide with Elvis Presley Enterprises' first ever "Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist", Shawn Klush,  sometimes as a duo and other times as a trio.
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