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Cissy Houston
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Birth Date:January 1, 1933
Astrology Sign:Capricron
Chinese Sign:Monkey - Yin
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Occupation:Contemporary Christian singer

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Cissy Houston

Biography:Cissy Houston (born Emily Drinkard on January 1, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 relative Dionne Warwick.

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.

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.

Chinese Horoscope for Cissy Houston
Includes characteristics and Vices
Cissy Houston's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: February 06, 1932 - January 25, 1933
Birthday: January 1, 1933

The Monkey is a Yin,
and is the Ninth sign of the Chinese horoscope.


Personality and Character Cards:
Numerology is used to calculate tarot cards

Cissy Houston's Personality Tarot Card The Moon - Personality Card

Birthday: January 1, 1933

A period of illusion, uncertainty and fluctuation.

Cissy Houston's Character Tarot Card The Hermit - Character Card

Birthday: January 1, 1933

A time for soul searching and meditation; a need for patience and solitude.

This year's Growth Tarot Card
Based on this year's birthday

Cissy Houston's Growth Tarot Card The Wheel of Fortune

Birthday: January 1, 2024

A new chapter is starting; problems are solved through changes in circumstances.




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