Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Whitney - A #MusicalBirthday Remembrance

When do you start having your own choice of music?

We grew up with a lot of music. Most of the music at home tended to be Daddy's choice. But that changed when we got into our teens. Each of us started to have our own preferences in music. My brother became a die-hard Beatles fan along with a good friend. I tended towards easy-to-play songs. But one sister of mine found her maturing voice singing the songs of Whitney Houston. Every competition she participated in from 1985 to 1990 (and there was quite a few of them), it had to be a Whitney song. And she carried it off really well with the right level of emotion. 

Her biography on Billboard.com reads: 
Whitney Houston was inarguably one of the biggest female pop stars of all time. Her accomplishments as a hitmaker were extraordinary; just to scratch the surface, she became the first artist ever to have seven consecutive singles hit number one, and her 1993 Dolly Parton cover "I Will Always Love You" became nothing less than the biggest hit single in rock history. Houston was able to handle big adult contemporary ballads, effervescent, stylish dance-pop, and slick urban contemporary soul with equal dexterity; the result was an across-the-board appeal that was matched by scant few artists of her era, and helped her become one of the first black artists to find success on MTV in Michael Jackson's wake.

Today on what would have been her 53rd birthday, I've lined up ten of her songs that I (and the world as well) liked best. Have a listen and share your favorite Whitney Houston song. 

Saving All My Love For You (1985)

Whitney's first Number One hit and first Grammy award as Best Pop Vocal Performance (Female) in 1986.

Greatest Love Of All (1986)

The song was a hit for George Benson ten years earlier in 1977.

Didn't We Almost Have It All (1987)

I Want To Dance With Somebody (1987)

Possibly the most upbeat song from Whitney won her her second Grammy Award.

Where Do Broken Heart Go (1988)

Back to the heart-breaks and the ballads

One Moment In Time (1988)

The song for the Seoul Olympics - an absolute winner.

I'm Your Baby (1990)

Funky Pop

I Will Always Love You (1992)

From The Bodyguard with Whitney in the main role, 5 million copies in sales and 14 weeks in Number one. Would make anyone cry.

I'm Every Woman (1992)

Another revival - this time Chaka Khan's 1978 hit - recorded for 'The Bodyguard'

Exhale (1995)

From 'Waiting To Exhale' - a Shoop Shoop song. I thought only Cher does Shoop Shoop

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