The Savannah Tribune Celebrates Whitney Houston


Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston

Last Saturday but not explicitly sexy Legendary pop singer on stage and in film. Whitney Houston was Houston’s follow-up found dead in her Beverly album, “Whitney,” in the Hilton hotel just one day summer of 1987, delivered before the Grammys. hit after hit with “I Wanna Houston was found by a Dance With Somebody (Who member of her entourage and Loves Me),” “Didn’t We was scheduled to performed Almost Have It All,” “So at Clive Davis’ annual pregrammy Emotional,” and “Where Do party. Sources have Broken Hearts Go.” All these ruled out foul play, but are successes led to big sale awaiting the results of the numbers as Houston has garnered toxicology report to determine acclaim for having what killed the iconic sold 170 million albums singer. world-wide.

Whitney Elizabeth Houston’s stirring rendition Houston was born Aug. 9, of “The Star-Spangled 1963, in Newark, N.J. Her Banner” at the 1991 Super mother, Cissy Houston, was Bowl became a pop hit and a a famous gospel singer and massive fundraiser for the back-up singer who made American Red Cross. More sweet music with music than sales, Houston had heavyweights such as Otis powerful influence on several Redding, Wilson Pickett and generations of singers. Dusty Springfield. Some of these singers

Houston was introduced include mainstream pop to music executive singers Mariah Carey, Clive Davis, the man who Christina Aguilera, Alicia would mold and guide her to Keys, Queen Latifah and her chart-topping success, Jennifer Hudson. and the two made history After she conquered the with her debut Album charts, her next frontier was “ Whitney Houston.” film, and in 1992 Houston

“Whitney Houston” starred with Kevin Costner in became the first album by a “The Bodyguard.” The new female artist to yield soundtrack won the 1994 three No. 1 singles: “Saving Grammy for Album of the All My Love for You,” “How Year and also yielded the hit Will I Know” and “The “I Will Always Love You,” Greatest Love of All.” Critics which became the best-selling complained that the songs single by a female artist were not fit for Houston’s in music history. voice, but she enjoyed the In 1995’s “Waiting to success of the album. Exhale,” Houston followed

She became a major Diana Ross and aspired to crossover star and, with her inherit a more complex acting Christian background and persona. Returning to her wholesome aura, she was the acting roots, Houston recently rare female recording star wrapped the filming of who was young and attractive

“Sparkle,” a remake of a 1976 Irene Cara film that and news of Houston’s death focuses on the backbeat of arrived as a whispered addiction in the music industry. bombshell while Rihanna was on stage singing “We

Houston amassed Found Love.” rooms full of trophies Producers were through the years, including stunned and immediately 22 American Music Awards reached for the phones, — more than any other scrambling to find the right woman — and six tone and content for a Grammys. Any awards show memorial segment on the she was on was must-see television, show. They decided on a although her struggle short, austere performance with personal demons by Jennifer Hudson, one of prevented her from participating. Houston’s clear contemporary disciples.

On Saturday, at Staples No matter her personal Center, rehearsals were struggles, Houston will underway for the 54th always be remembered as Annual Grammy Awards, “The Voice” and a source of which aired Sunday on CBS, inspiration for an entire gen


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