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Whitney Houston Funeral Program

Whitney Houston Funeral Program

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Published by: Darlene Walker on Feb 19, 2012
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August
9,1963
February
11,
2012
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WHITNEYHOUSTON
Withover170millioncombinedalbum,singlesandvideossoldworld-wideduringhercareerwithAristaRecords,WhitneyHoustonhasestablishedabenchmarkforsuperstardomthatwillquitesimplyneverbeeclipsedinthemodernera.Sheisasinger'ssingerwhohasinfluencedcountlessothervocalistsfemaleandmale.MusichistoriansciteWhitney'srecord-settingachievements:theonlyartisttochartsevenconsecutive#1BillboardHot100hits("SavingAllMyLoveForYou;'"HowWillIKnow;'"GreatestLoveOf
All;'
"IWannaDanceWithSomebody(WhoLovesMe);'"Didn'tWeAlmostHaveItAll;'"SoEmotional;'and"WhereDoBrokenHeartsGo');thefirstfemaleartisttoentertheBillboard200albumchartat#1(hersecondalbum,Whitney,1987);andtheonlyartistwithsevenconsecutivemulti-platinumalbums(WhitneyHouston,Whitney,I'mYourBabyTonight,TheBodyguard,WaitingToExhale,andThePreacher'sWifesoundtracks,andMyLoveIsYourLove).Infact,TheBodyguardsoundtrackisoneofthetop10biggestsellingalbumsofall-time(at17x-platinumintheU.S.alone),andWhitney'scareer-sellingU.S.Singleofall-time(4x-platinum).
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BornintoamusicalfamilyonAugust9,1963,inNewark,NewJersey,Whitney'ssuccessmight'vebeenforetold.HerlegendaryheritageisasfamiliarasAmerica'sgreatesticons:thedaughteroffamedsingerCissyHouston(whomadehernameintheDrinkardsgospelquartet,andlatertheSweetInspirationsvocalgroupofArethaFranklinandElvisPresleyrenown);andthecousinofsingersDeeDeeWarwick(whointroducedtheoriginal'60sversionsof"You'reNoGood"and"I'mGonnaMakeYouLoveMe")andhersister,superstarDionneWarwick.Whitney'smotherandcousinsnurturedherpassionforgospelmusicsincebirth.Asateenager,WhitneywasalreadysingingonthesceneinNewYork,andrecordswithherfirstyoungperformancesinthe'70sandearly'80salbumcreditswithsucheclecticactsasMichaelZager,ChakaKhan,HerbieMann,theNevilleBrothers,BillLaswell'sMaterial,andothersaremuchsought-aftercollectorsitems.In1983,neartheendofArista'sfirstmega-successfuldecadeofoperation,CliveDaviswastakentoaNewYorknightclubwhereWhitneywasperformingandSignedheronthespot.Twoyearswentintothemakingofherdebutalbum,buttheresultswereworthit.Theself-titledWhitneyHouston(March1985)launchedArista'sseconddecade,andyieldedastringofhitsincluding"YouGiveGoodLove"andthreeconsecutive#1singles,theGrammy-winning"SavingAllMyLoveForYou,:"HowWillIKnow;'and"TheGreatestLoveOfAll;'whichhasbecomeaveritableanthem.Notonlydidthealbumestablishherasanimportantnewrecordingartist,butitwentontosellover12millioncopiesintheU.S.,plusmanymillionsmoreabroad.ThisLPsettherecordasthebiggestsellingdebutalbumbyasoloartist.WiththehighlyanticipatedreleaseofhersecondalbumWhitney(June1987),shemadehistoryasthefirstfemaleartisttoentertheBillboardalbumchartsat#
1.
Thenewalbumsoaredpast9x-platinumonthestrengthoffour
 
#1chart-toppers,theGrammy-winning"IWannaDanceWithSomebody(WhoLovesMe,)""Didn'tWeAlmostHaveItAll;'SoEmotional;'and"WhereDoBrokenHeartsGo:'ThisestablishedWhitneyastheonlyartistevertohavesevenconsecutive#1hits,surpassingarecordpreviouslysetbytheBeatlesandtheBeeGees.Whitney'sthirdbest-sellingalbumI'mYourBabyTonight(November1990),displayedherversatilityonanewbatchoftoughrhythmicgrooves,soulfulballadsandup-tempodancetracks.Withback-to-back#1forthetitletuneand"AllTheManIThatINeed;'followedby"Miracle"and"MyNameIsNotSusan;'salesrecordsweresetonceagain,asthealbumbecameaninternationalmulti-platinumbest-seller,tothetuneof8millioncopiesworldwide.Afterestablishingherscreenappealonherwell-receivedvideoclipsshedominatedMTV'srotationsduringitsfirstdecadeontheairWhitneyfinallymadehermoviedebutinTheBodyguard(November1992),inwhichsheco-starredwithOscar-winningactor/directorKevinCostner.Thefilmnotonlybrokeboxofficerecordsworldwidebutwasultimatelyresponsibleforthebiggestsellingmotionpicturesoundtrackalbumofalltime,votedtheGrammy-winningAlbumoftheYear."IWillAlwaysLoveYou;'thefirstsinglerelease,becamethebiggestsellingcommercialSingleinhistory,andreapedGrammysforRecordofTheYearandBestFemalePopVocaLThreeothersinglesfromthealbum;"I'mEveryWoman;'"IHaveNothing;'and"RunToYou;'werealsomajorinternationalhitsforWhitney.TheBodyguardsoundtrackalbum,featuringsixWhitneyHoustonsongsinall,hassoldmorethan42millioncopiesworldwide.At17x-platinumintheU.S.,itisthebiggestsellingmotionpicturesoundtrackalbuminhistory,aheadofSaturdayNightFever,ForrestGump,Titanicandsoon.
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FilmworkcontinuedwithWaitingToExhale(whichopenedDecember1995,precededbythesoundtrackalbuminNovember).Thecriticallyacclaimedfilm,starringWhitneywithAngelaBassett,LorettaDevineandLelaRochon,anddirectedbyForrestWhitaker,wentontogrossover$70million(in'90sdollars).ThesoundtrackforWaitingToExhalefeaturedthreenewtracksfromWhitney:.the#1Pop/#1R&B"Exhale(ShoopShoop)";thetop10PopandR&Bfollow-up"CountOnMe"(aduetwithCeCeWinans),co-writtenbyWhitneyandBabyface;and"WhyDoesItHurtSoBad:'Thealbumspentfiveweeksat#1,wascertified7x-platinumintheu.S.andhassoldnearlytwicethatworldwidetodate.

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