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Cissy Houston - Cissy Houston

Cissy Houston
Cissy Houston (born Emily Drinkard) has had a long and varied career as a background vocalist, session singer and solo artist but is probably best known for being the mother of the massively successful R&B star Whitney Houston, and the aunt of both Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick.

Houston began her career with the family gospel group The Drinkards before joining forces with The Group in the early 60’s. The Group, which included some time members Doris Troy and Dee Dee Warwick, sang background vocals on a number of soul, pop and rock releases, many of which were on Atlantic Records. Atlantics Jerry Wexler signed the group in their own right where they recorded some great gospel-soul in the late 60’s under the name The Sweet Inspirations.

During her time with The Sweet Inspirations Houston sang back-up vocals for Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Lou Rawls, The Drifters, Dusty Springfield, Van Morrison (Brown Eyed Girl), The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Elvis Presley (the ’69 Vegas comeback) and her niece Dionne Warwick. Having gone solo in 1969 Houston recorded the original version of "Midnight Train To Georgia” (later a #1 single for Gladys Knight and The Pips) on her only album for Janus Records.

In 1977 Houston signed with Private Stock Records and released CISSY HOUSTON under the guidance of Pop and Disco arranger/producer Michael Zager. Although the album did not produce any hit singles Houston’s renditions of the pop standards "Tomorrow” (from the musical Annie), Elton John’s "Your Song,” The Hollies "He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” and The Walker Brothers "Make It Easy On Yourself” show off her incredible, gospel infused, soulful and impassioned voice to full effect, using her vast recording experience to inject subtlety and power in equal measure. A hugely satisfying sound that leaves you wanting more.

Cherry Pop is very proud to present CISSY HOUSTON, expertly re-mastered and complete with extensive liner notes.

CISSY HOUSTON is absolutely essential listening for all R&B, Soul, Jazz and Pop fans out there!

 

 

 

 

Available 19/08/2013

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1. TOMORROW
2. MORNING MUCH BETTER
3. YOUR SONG
4. LOVE IS HOLDING ON
5. HE AIN’T HEAVY, HE’S MY BROTHER
6. IT NEVER REALLY ENDED
7. MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF
8. THINGS TO DO
9. LOVE IS SOMETHING THAT LEADS YOU
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Ravi Shankar, who died aged 92, in December 2012, was the musical visionary who thanks to the cultural influences of his family, the advantages of a disciplined classical background and a heady sixties association with George Harrison and The Beatles, established the sitar and the raga into western consciousness. He was thus the first performer and composer to bridge the musical gap between India and the west.
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HERBIE MANN (born Herbert Jay Solomon) was one of Jazz music’s most prolific performers and innovators excelling predominantly on flute, but also tenor saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet. Throughout the 50’s and 60’s Mann played in many groups exploring the boundaries of Jazz by absorbing Afro-Latin themes and recording and touring throughout the world. During this time he was able to nurture some of the greatest Jazz musicians as his sidemen, most notably Willie Bobo, Chick Corea, Roy Ayers and David Newman.
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