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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Whitney Houston Dead at 48

Very sad.

One of her many, many great moments.




LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.

Houston's publicist, Kristen Foster, said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unknown.

News of Houston's death came on the eve of music's biggest night — the Grammy Awards. It's a showcase where she once reigned, and her death was sure to cast a heavy pall on Sunday's ceremony. Houston's longtime mentor Clive Davis was to hold his annual concert and dinner Saturday; it was unclear if it was going to go forward.

At her peak, Houston the golden girl of the music industry. From the middle 1980s to the late 1990s, she was one of the world's best-selling artists. She wowed audiences with effortless, powerful and peerless vocals that were rooted in the black church but made palatable to the masses with a pop sheen.

Her success carried her beyond music to movies, where she starred in hits like "The Bodyguard" and "Waiting to Exhale."

She had the perfect voice and the perfect image: a gorgeous singer who had sex appeal but was never overtly sexual, who maintained perfect poise.

She influenced a generation of younger singers, from Christina Aguilera to Mariah Carey, who when she first came out sounded so much like Houston that many thought it was Houston.

But by the end of her career, Houston became a stunning cautionary tale of the toll of drug use. Her album sales plummeted and the hits stopped coming; her once serene image was shattered by a wild demeanor and bizarre public appearances. She confessed to abusing cocaine, marijuana and pills, and her once pristine voice became raspy and hoarse, unable to hit the high notes as she had during her prime.

"The biggest devil is me. I'm either my best friend or my worst enemy," Houston told ABC's Diane Sawyer in an infamous 2002 interview with then-husband Brown by her side.

It was a tragic fall for a superstar who was one of the top-selling artists in pop music history, with more than 55 million records sold in the United States alone.

She seemed to be born into greatness. She was the daughter of gospel singer Cissy Houston, the cousin of 1960s pop diva Dionne Warwick and the goddaughter of Aretha Franklin.

Houston first started singing in the church as a child. In her teens, she sang backup for Chaka Khan, Jermaine Jackson and others, in addition to modeling. It was around that time when music mogul Clive Davis first heard Houston perform.

"The time that I first saw her singing in her mother's act in a club ... it was such a stunning impact," Davis told "Good Morning America."

"To hear this young girl breathe such fire into this song. I mean, it really sent the proverbial tingles up my spine," he added.

Before long, the rest of the country would feel it, too. Houston made her album debut in 1985 with "Whitney Houston," which sold millions and spawned hit after hit. "Saving All My Love for You" brought her her first Grammy, for best female pop vocal. "How Will I Know," ''You Give Good Love" and "The Greatest Love of All" also became hit singles.

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Julie said...

She had a beautiful voice and her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner will always remain as
the best performance at any venue. She always gave me chills when she sang because of her range and a voice that was as clear as pure spring water. The music world has lost an icon
and she will be missed.

Sunday, February 12, 2012 11:53:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'mon, you guys...get over yourselves....

She was just an ENTERTAINER....did she actually accomplish anything MEANINGFUL in her life? Did she build roads, bridges, invent the longer-lasting light bulb? Cure disease? Rescue cats from tall trees?

She contributed NOTHING! NOTHING! to our country. And in fact, helped foster this whole black "holier-than-thou" attitude that has become so prevalent in our society today.

GOOD RIDDANCE to her, I say.

Sunday, February 12, 2012 1:12:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

How did Whitney Houston help foster a "black holier-than-thou" attitude with her life?

Sunday, February 12, 2012 2:17:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She converted to islam in 2000.
She now burns in hell.

Sunday, February 12, 2012 11:01:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

I have seen no evidence that she did convert to Islam. In fact, she said, in 2009, that all through the darkest times of her life, she kept reading "the Bible," and that she knew God was with her.

If you have more accurate information, then please post it.

Sunday, February 12, 2012 11:59:00 pm  
Blogger christian soldier said...

P-Thanks for the over view of Houston's background in regard to her singing...
Carol-CS

Monday, February 13, 2012 7:41:00 am  
Blogger abdooss said...

P,

Yup, she's not Moslem.

Whitney, Thank You for the songs. Your voice helped stopping fights, mending hearts, repairing relationships. Those are as important as building bridges, homes & buildings.

R.I.P. , Whitney!

Monday, February 13, 2012 11:06:00 am  
Blogger Brooke said...

At first I tried to feel bad for Whitney... But really, I just rembember that gawdawful song from the Bodygurard that used to make my ears bleed, and then I remembered this.

Monday, February 13, 2012 12:07:00 pm  

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