‘Estelle, Myrna and Sylvia’ — The perfect Sweet Inspirations playlist

The Sweet Inspirations were one of the premier female harmony groups of the 1960s, supporting Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, and Wilson Pickett. Their most unified album statement is 1973's “Estelle, Myrna and Sylvia.” Produced by David Porter [songwriting partner of Isaac Hayes], the LP was recorded at the nadir of Stax Records’ influence on popular music and received little support from the label. Stick around as their greatest hits and essential songs are also dissected. Holding two red roses apiece and wearing white evening gowns above are Estelle Brown, Myrna Smith, and Sylvia Shemwell. Art Direction by Ron Gorden / Concord Music Group / FECC Elvis-Collectors user Dr. John Carpenter

In 1973 the Sweet Inspirations, one of the premier vocal harmony quartets of the 20th century best known for supporting Elvis Presley in concert, decamped to Stax Studios in Memphis for the recording of their criminally neglected soul masterpiece, Estelle, Myrna and Sylvia.