Cissy Houston

1933 - Today

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Emily "Cissy" Houston (née Drinkard; born September 30, 1933) is an American soul and gospel singer. After a successful career singing backup for such artists as Roy Hamilton, Dionne Warwick, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, and Chaka Khan, Houston embarked on a solo career, winning two Grammy Awards for her work. Houston is the mother of singer and actress Whitney Houston, the aunt of singers Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick, and a cousin of opera singer Leontyne Price. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Cissy Houston has received more than 4,583,253 page views. Her biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Cissy Houston is the 385th most popular singer (up from 418th in 2019), the 2,174th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,560th in 2019) and the 119th most popular American Singer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 4.6M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 57.29

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 25

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.21

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.51

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among singers, Cissy Houston ranks 385 out of 4,381Before her are Pérez Prado, Jackie Jackson, Gazebo, Seal, Ahmet Kaya, and Jessye Norman. After her are Senesino, Denny Doherty, Malcolm McLaren, Jisoo, Selena Gomez, and Brenda Lee.

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Among people born in 1933, Cissy Houston ranks 119Before her are Philippe de Broca, Otto Barić, Maurice André, Katharine, Duchess of Kent, Michel Hidalgo, and Wayne Shorter. After her are Viktor Patsayev, Marcos Alonso, Princess Marie Louise of Bulgaria, Américo Lopes, Peter Mansfield, and Oleg Grigoryevich Makarov.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Cissy Houston ranks 2,174 out of 20,380Before her are Edgar Snow (1905), Alfred Vail (1807), Stefanie Powers (1942), Sofia Coppola (1971), Jack Warden (1920), and Charles Curtis (1860). After her are George Phillips Bond (1825), Fess Parker (1924), Tobe Hooper (1943), William Carlos Williams (1883), Ron Johnson (1955), and Peter Diamond (1940).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Cissy Houston ranks 119Before her are Toby Keith (1961), Steve Perry (1949), Ricky Nelson (1940), Bill Withers (1938), Jackie Jackson (1951), and Jessye Norman (1945). After her are Selena Gomez (1992), Brenda Lee (1944), Carly Simon (1945), Chris Brown (1989), Eazy-E (1964), and Kanye West (1977).