Jun. 30, 1941 Fayetteville Cumberland County North Carolina, USA
Feb. 13, 2010 Winnetka Los Angeles County California, USA
Sylvia Jean Shemwell was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina on June 30, 1941. She began singing at the young age of only five years old. By the time she had turned 14 years old, she won a contest for the Apollo Amateur Hour.
She married her childhood sweetheart at the age of 17 She was a proud Mother to four Children and the proud Grandmother to several Grandchildren.
She was an original member of The Sweet Inspirations. The Sweet Inspirations sang with Elvis Presley from the year of 1969-1977. The Sweets can be heard on numerous CD's including, "Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii" and "Elvis Recorded Live at Madison Square Garden." They can be seen, as well as heard, on the award winning 1972 documentary, "Elvis on Tour," as well as "Elvis: That's The Way It Is." Before working with Elvis, The Sweets Inspirations sang with the great Aretha Franklin. They also have eight albums of their own, and two of their albums reached the top charts.
The albums by the Sweet Inspirations: 1967 Sweet Inspirations - Atlantic 1968 Songs of Faith & Inspiration - Atlantic 1969 Sweets for my Sweet - Atlantic 1969 What the World Needs Now is Love - Atlantic 1970 Sweet Sweet Soul - Atlantic 1973 The Estelle, Myrna and Sylvia - Stax 1979 Hot Butterfly - RSO 2005 "In the Right Place" - Frixion
Before joining the Sweet Inspirations, Sylvia began singing with the "Gospellaires" in the year of 1959. Sylvia organized her own jazz trio after Elvis' death, and she shared the stage with the Bee Gees for four months.
She worked with many entertainers in her life time, and they include; Elvis Presley, Dionne Warwick, The Bee Gees, Dee Dee Warwick, The Drifters, Gene Pitney, Connie Francis, the Bee Gees, Wilson Pickett, Solomon Burke, Esther Phillips, and Aretha Franklin.
In the year of 2001, Sylvia suffered a severe stroke and she struggled with her ability to speak and most of all to sing.
Sylvia Shemwell, passed way on February 13, 2010 at the age of sixty-eight years old. Sylvia will be remembered fondly by her family, many friends, and by millions of Elvis fans all over the world. Arrangements were under the direction of Gates, Kingsley & Gates Praiswater Mortuary, Canoga Park, CA.
Created by: Cally Record added: Mar 17, 2010
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