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    Houston, Cissy (30th September 1933-Present)

    She is a soul and gospel singer born Emily Drinkard in Newark, New Jersey as the youngest of eight children.  When she was young she and three of her siblings formed the group The Drinkard Four and after several others joined, including her sister Lee who was the mother of Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick, the group became the Drinkard Singers.  After becoming known for their regular performances at their church they recorded a live album for RCA.  After marrying and divorcing while she was still young, she re-married John Houston and their daughter is the acclaimed singer Whitney Houston.  In 1963 she formed the Sweet Inspirations with Dee Dee Warwick and Doris Troy and they were backing singers for many artists throughout the 1960s, including The Drifters, Lou Rawls, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley and on "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison.  She sang the operatic soprano on "Ain't No Way" by Aretha Franklin.  She recorded through the 1970s and 1980s and in 1987 she and her daughter recorded the single "I Know Him So Well".  In 1996 and 1998 she won Grammy Awards for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album.  Singing in the movies she has appeared in The Preacher's Wife, The Wiz, Gangsters and has featured on several occasions on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson.


    J. Geils Band recordings

    Flamethrower (Seth Justman)



    Here she is singing Duke Ellington's "Come Sunday"...







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