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Wednesday Words – Let It Be Me

The Sweet Inspirations were founded by Cissy Houston (AKA Emily Drinkard), mother of Whitney Houston, and sister of Lee Warrick (herself the mother of well-known sisters Dee Dee and Dionne Warwick). Emily and Lee were members of The Drinkard Singers, a family group that had the distinction of recording the first Gospel album to appear on a major label: A live recording from The Newport Jazz Festival in 1959. The line-up included Judy Guions (who later became Judy Clay), Marie Epps, Larry Drinkard, Nicholas Drinkard, Ann Moss, Lee and Emily.

The Sweet Inspirations recorded by themselves for the first time in April 1967 for Atlantic Records. That session produced the first two singles released by Atlantic, a version of “Why (Am I Treated So Bad),” a song previously recorded by The Staple Singers and a soulful version of “Let It Be Me”, a French song which had been a pop and R&B hit for Betty Everett & Jerry Butler in 1964.Though their first singles lacked much chart success, Atlantic was committed to the group, and an August session in Memphis yielded the bulk of songs used for the group’s self-titled debut album, released in the late fall of 1967.

Within a month of their chart climb, the group began work on their second album – a gospel record entitled Songs Of Faith & Inspiration. It was released in 1968 under the name “Cissy Drinkard & The Sweet Inspirations.”

Shortly after cutting the gospel set, the group was back in Atlantic’s studios to record their third album. The late April session yielded a version of The Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody”, which became the group’s fourth R&B chart hit, and a version of The Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody,” which surprisingly gave the group a charted, though minor hit.

I could have easily chosen their version of “To Love Somebody” for this post but instead I have chosen “Let It Be Me” any versions of both songs I love which is a real sign of great song.

“Let It Be Me” – The Sweet Inspirations

God bless the day I found you
I want to stay around you
And so I beg you
Let it be me

Don’t take this heaven from one
If you must cling to someone
Now and forever
Let it be me

Each time we meet love,
I find complete love
Without your sweet love
Tell me, what would life be?

So never leave me lonely
Tell me you love me only
And that you’ll always
Let it be me

To buy the music of The Sweet Inspirations click HERE

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July 14, 2010 - Posted by | Fiona, Mrs D, Old Music, R&B, Soul |

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