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Cissy Houston (born Emily Drinkard on September 30, 1933) is a gospel and soul singer. She led a successful career as a backup singer for such artists as Elvis Presley, Mahalia Jackson, and Aretha Franklin, and is now primarily a solo artist. She is the mother of singer and actress Whitney Houston. September 30 is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 92 days remaining. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Gospel music may refer either to the religious music that first came out of African-American churches in the 1930s or, more loosely, to both black gospel music and to the religious music composed and sung by white southern Christian artists. ... Soul music is a combination of rhythm and blues and gospel which began in the late 1950s in the United States. ... Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer and actor. ... Mahalia Jackson Mahalia Jackson (October 26, 1911–January 27, 1972) was an American gospel singer, widely regarded as the best in the history of the genre. ... Urethra Franklin Urethra Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American gospel, soul and R&B singer born in Memphis, Tennessee, but raised in Detroit, Michigan. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is an iconic American pop and R&B singer, actress, film producer, occasional songwriter and former fashion model. ...


Born in Newark, New Jersey, Houston was the youngest of eight children of parents Nitch and Delia Drinkard. When Houston was 5 years old her mother, Delia, suffered a stroke and died of cerebral hemorrhage three years later. Her father, Nitch, later died of stomach cancer when Houston was 18. Nickname: The Brick City Map of Newark in Essex County Coordinates: ) °′40. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Stroke (disambiguation). ... A cerebral hemorrhage or hemorrhagic stroke is a form of stroke that occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures or bleeds. ... Stomach cancer (also called gastric cancer) can develop in any part of the stomach and may spread throughout the stomach and to other organs, particularly the esophagus, small intestine. ...


As a child, Houston joined her sister Anne and brothers Larry and Nicky in the gospel singing group, the Drinkard Four. Houston's sister, Lee (who would later become the mother of singers Dee Dee and Dionne Warwick), later joined the group along with Ann Moss and Marie Epps, and the group was renamed The Drinkard Singers. Houston and the Drinkard Singers regularly performed at New Hope Baptist Church and later recorded a live album for RCA called A Joyful Noise. Dee Dee Warwick is an African-American soul singer, the sister of Dionne Warwick. ... Dionne Warwick (born December 12, 1940 in East Orange, New Jersey, as Marie Dionne Warrick) is an American singer best known for her work with Hal David and Burt Bacharach as songwriters and producers. ... The Drinkard Singers was a notable gospel family group whose members included Lee Drinkard and Cissy Houston among other relatives. ... For other uses, see RCA (disambiguation). ...


Shortly after her father's death, Houston married her first husband at the age of 21. The two were divorced two years later while Houston was pregnant with her first son, Gary. Still pregnant, Houston met Army serviceman John Houston, and the two were married in 1959. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1963, then about to give birth to daughter Whitney Houston, she formed the Sweet Inspirations with Doris Troy and niece Dee Dee Warwick. Throughout the mid-1960s, the group provided backup vocals for several artists, including Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Lou Rawls, Otis Redding, The Drifters, and Van Morrison (for "Brown Eyed Girl"). Houston is the operatic soprano in the background on Franklin's hit, "Ain't No Way". The group also sang backup for Elvis Presley in a series of Las Vegas concerts during the late 1960s, and for Cissy's niece Dionne Warwick. 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is an iconic American pop and R&B singer, actress, film producer, occasional songwriter and former fashion model. ... The Sweet Inspirations were founded by Emily Cissy Houston, mother of Whitney Houston, and sister of Lee Warrick (herself the mother of well-known sisters Dee Dee and Dionne Warwick). ... Doris Troy (January 6, 1937 - February 16, 2004) was an R&B singer, known to her many fans as Mama Soul. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... Urethra Franklin Urethra Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American gospel, soul and R&B singer born in Memphis, Tennessee, but raised in Detroit, Michigan. ... Wilson Pickett (March 18, 1941 – January 19, 2006) was an American R&B and soul singer. ... Louis Allen Rawls (December 1, 1933 – January 6, 2006) was a Chicago-born American soul music, jazz, and blues singer. ... Otis Redding Otis Ray Redding, Jr. ... The Drifters were a long-lived American doo wop/R&B band, originally formed by Clyde McPhatter (of Billy Ward & the Dominoes) in 1953. ... George Ivan Van Morrison (born August 31, 1945) is a singer and songwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland. ... Brown Eyed Girl is a hit song written and recorded in 1967 by singer and songwriter Van Morrison and produced by Bang Records chief Bert Berns. ... Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer and actor. ... This article is about the city of Las Vegas in Nevada. ... Dionne Warwick (born December 12, 1940 in East Orange, New Jersey, as Marie Dionne Warrick) is an American singer best known for her work with Hal David and Burt Bacharach as songwriters and producers. ...


Houston left the Sweet Inspirations in 1969 to pursue a solo career. She was signed by Commonwealth United and recorded a well-received album in 1970 and several hit singles shortly thereafter, including covers of "I'll Be There" and "Be My Baby". After her contract was sold to Janus Records in the early 1970s, Houston recorded several more singles in the mid-1970s, and still more under the Private Stock label years later. 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ...


In 1987, Houston and her daughter Whitney recorded a duet titled "I Know Him So Well". She later received the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album for Face to Face and won the award again in 1998 for her album He Leadeth Me. 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... I Know Him So Well is a song from the musical, Chess, by Tim Rice, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Grammy Award The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards), presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music... The Grammy Award for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album has been awarded since 1991. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...


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Cissy Houston - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (469 words)
Cissy Houston (born Emily Drinkard on September 30, 1933) is a gospel and soul singer.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, Houston was the youngest of eight children of parents Nitch and Delia Drinkard.
Houston's sister, Lee (who would later become the mother of singers Dee Dee and Dionne Warwick), later joined the group along with Ann Moss and Marie Epps, and the group was renamed The Drinkard Singers.
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