Myrna Yvonne Smith
(May 28, 1941 – December 24, 2010) was an American songwriter
, who co-wrote many of the songs for Carl Wilson
's 1981 solo album Carl Wilson
, as well as a few of the songs on his 1983 solo album Youngblood
. She was also a member of the Sweet Inspirations
, which previously served as Elvis Presley
's backing group.
Smith became a high school English
teacher in South Brunswick, New Jersey
in the 1960s, while she also pursued her singing career. The lead singer of her group, The Sweet Inspirations, was Cissy Houston
, the mother of Whitney Houston
While performing on the 'Elvis: The Concert' European tour in March 2010, Myrna developed pneumonia which eventually led to kidney failure and a stroke. She died on December 24, 2010, in Canoga Park, California
, after an illness, at the age of 69.