Personalities | Whitney Houston | Eighties | Rock

(Vocals, b. 1963)

Houston has good genes; her mother is soul singer Cissy Houston and her cousin, Dionne Warwick. After working as a model and actress she plunged into her destined career. Her debut album, Whitney rose to No. 1 in 1985, with the ballad ‘Saving All My Love For You’, the first of many chart-topping singles. These included disco-floorfiller ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, ‘Didn’t We Almost Have It All’ (both 1987) and ‘One Moment In Time’ (1988). She broke The Beatles’ record run of seven consecutive US No. 1s. More records fell with the Dolly Parton-penned ‘I Will Always Love You’ (1992) from the soundtrack to The Bodyguard. I’m Your Baby Tonight (1990) was her last album until 1998’s My Love Is Your Love, featuring Lauryn Hill from The Fugees and rapper Missy Elliott. One of R&B’s great voices, she returned to music in 2009 with US chart-topping album I Look To You after her marriage to singer Bobby Brown ended.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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