Like the best heroes, Whitney makes bravery look easy. She is calmly joyful -- cool, actually, and free of fear. And when she arrives at Oh, say [cymbal] does our star- [cymbal] spangled banner yet wave, she moves to lift the crowd. She sings it like an answer. People were weeping in the stands, weeping in their homes. The song itself became a top-20 pop hit. Folks called in and requested Whitney Houston's national anthem on the radio. Whitney's version made it all absolute, for a moment. Her head was back, as one's can be when victorious, and as one's can be when asking for and ecstatically receiving the glory of God.
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This is a still photo from the video "One of Those Days" from Just Whitney, her fifth studio album released on December 10, 2002 in North America. It was her first studio album in four years, since 1998's My Love Is Your Love.
On this week in 1996, the Waiting To Exhale soundtrack reached #1 on the charts in the U.S. Released in November 1995, the soundtrack became a huge hit featuring appearances by some of the biggest names in the industry including Whitney, Toni Braxton, TLC, Mary J. Blige, Aretha, Brandy and others. The soundtrack was unique in that it consisted of African-American female R&B artists only. It remained at the top of the charts for 5 weeks.
In the early 80's, when Whitney was a young up-and-coming performer, she was courted by many record companies. In the end, it came down to two - Bruce Lundvall of Elektra Records (at that time) and Clive Davis of Arista Records. Here she is with Bruce Lundvall before that final decision was made. Bruce went on to sign many other great artists including Norah Jones, and the match of Whitney and Clive turned out to be hugely successful.
This weekend, January 9th, marks 28 years since Whitney Houston’s “So Emotional” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the sixth of her seven consecutive #1 U.S. singles, a historic record that stands to this day. Whitney’s first #1 single in the U.S. was “Saving All My Love For You,” followed by “How Will I Know,” “Greatest Love Of All,” “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” “Didn’t We Almost Have It All,” “So Emotional” and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go.” Whitney went on to achieve a total of 11 Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles during her career, along with topping numerous other music charts worldwide. To celebrate the #1 anniversary of “So Emotional,” here’s the song’s official music video.
Here are Natalie and Whitney singing "Bridge Over Troubled Water."
Happy Holidays to all!! Here is Whitney singing "O Holy Night" from her 2003 One Wish: The Holiday Album. This performance was shot in a studio in Atlanta, Georgia, around the time the album was recorded.
In addition, Whitney’s recording of “Little Drummer Boy,” featuring Bobbi Kristina, has been included in President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s holiday playlist. Listen to it in Holidays with the Obamas.
Here is a holiday shot (still) of Whitney from the great Christmas/Holiday movie from 1996 - "The Preacher's Wife." Much of this movie was filmed in New York and New Jersey, near Whitney's childhood home of Newark, New Jersey.
In 1993, Whitney did one of her first "big" sit-down interviews - this one with Barbara Walters. Here they are pictured in Whitney's living room at her home in New Jersey during interview. At the time Whitney said:
"But it was never like I wanted to be a star. I just wanted to sing. I wanted to do what was in my soul, what was in my heart..."
We love this photo of Whitney with her dad (John) and mom (Cissy) backstage early in her career. Note the "Whitney backstage pass" her father is wearing!!
Twenty-five years ago today, the single "I'm Your Baby Tonight" reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
"I'm Your Baby Tonight" was the lead single and title track from Whitney Houston's third studio album. The song was written and produced by L.A. Reid and Babyface. While the original version was released in the United States, the Yvonne Turner mix (also known as the "European Version" or the "International Version") was released in other countries. The single featured a B-side, "Feels So Good."
Whitney was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for this track at the 33rd Grammy Awards in 1991. The song became a huge hit for her, reaching the Top 10 worldwide. It was her eighth #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, and her fifth biggest hit in the U.S.
A live performance of "I'm Your Baby Tonight" was included in the 2014 CD/DVD release, Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances.
This past Sunday, on the American Music Awards, Whitney was mentioned a couple of times including in the opening remarks by host Jennifer Lopez. In honor of Thanksgiving, here is her iconic performance. Whitney still holds the record for most AMAs won by a female performer. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Whitney’s AMA medley was released on Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances in 2014.