Remembering Whitney Houston: 13 Things We Cannot Forget
Whitney was one of music’s best-selling artists of all time, selling an estimated 170-200 million records. Astounding. To this day, she is the only person to ever release seven consecutive songs to reach the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Nobody has come close to touching that.
Despite her drug use, family and marital issues, Whitney had an amazing film career, starring in movies like Waiting To Exhale and, of course,The Bodyguard. With her iconic turn in the latter, Whitney also composed the soundtrack; “I Will Always Love You,” her seminal hit, is the best-selling song by a woman in music history. The soundtrack made Whitney the first artist to sell over a million copies of an album within a week. Additionally, the album was the #4 best-selling of all time; Whitney’s on that list as the top female artist.
It’s incredible what she did with her work, and the legacy she left after her death. It’s unlikely that anyone will ever reach the level of success she conquered in her lifetime, and rightfully so. Aside from music, her family was her life. Though she divorced husband Bobby Brown in 2007, it was clear that she was still fond of him and their child, Bobbi Kristina, was her pride and joy. Bobbi Kristina, who herself had a shocking death at the age of 22. We mourn them both.
Here’s Whitney’s last performance before she died the very next day.
In honor of the legendary life of one of the greatest performers in history, here are a few facts that you may or may not know.
1. Whitney Houston came from music business royalty. Her mother, Cissy Houston, was a backup singer for the likes of Elvis Presley, Mahalia Jackson, Luther Vandross and Aretha Franklin. Whitney’s cousin, Dionne Warwick, is an internationally recognized singing star. Whitney’s Godmother is Aretha Franklin.
2. Houston is the most awarded female recording artist of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Houston’s awards include: 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards.
3. Houston is the only artist to chart seven consecutive #1 Billboard Hot 100 hits (“Saving All My Love for You”, “How Will I Know”, “Greatest Love of All”, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”, “Didn’t We Almost Have It All”, “So Emotional”, and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”).
4. Houston’s 1985 debut album, “Whitney Houston,” became the best-selling debut album by a female act at the time of its release.
5. In 1978, at the age of 15, Houston sang background vocals on Chaka Khan’s hit single “I’m Every Woman,” which she ironically later re-recorded and turned into an even bigger hit on “The Bodyguard” soundtrack album.
6. Before she was a recording artist, Whitney Houston was one of the most in-demand teen models of all time. She was the first Black woman to appear on the cover of Seventeen magazine. She also appeared in the pages of Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Young Miss, and a Canada Dry ginger ale TV commercial.
7. Whitney Houston was a very big supporter of the anti-apartheid movement and Nelson Mandela. During her days as a model, Houston refused to work with any agencies who did business with South Africa. In 1988, Houston performed a set at Wembley Stadium in London to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday, who was still in prison at the time.[Source: Wikipedia]
8. She made her national televised debut on The Merv Griffin Show alongside Arista’s head Clive Davis.