Lets Remember Whitney Houston, The Good and Bad
By the time we got home confirmation was all over the internet. Whitney was dead.
Interestingly, we lost the singer three days away from the 27th anniversary of the release of her self-titled debut album. I remember it well.
On Valentines Day in 1985, Arista Records sent every announcer in our building a free copy of Whitney’s album. Even though I worked for an Adult Contemporary radio station, I didn’t exactly jump at the gift. I thought the young girl on the cover looked strange and somewhat exotic. Was this a world music album I remember thinking? This just wasn’t your typical LP style for an incoming superstar. I put the album in my trunk and forgot about it.
Weeks later the requests started coming in for her first single “You Give Good Love” and that’s when I rescued the LP from the back of my car. I have to admit, I was never a huge Whitney fan, even though I considered her one of the best voices ever to record. It was a pleasant surprise that a whole year after burying that album in my trunk it reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts and stayed there for seven weeks. That debut album also turned out to be Houston’s biggest selling solo outing racking in 25 million sold.
In 1992 she had an even bigger triumph with The Bodyguard. Not only did Whitney star in the movie but she also sang six tunes on the soundtrack including one of the most powerful love songs of all time, “I Will Always Love You,” written by Dolly Parton. The soundtrack sold 44 million worldwide.
Whitney set the bar very high, in fact too high, even for herself. In the end it certainly wasn’t very pretty for us to watch her unravel but imagine what it must have been like for her?
When someone commits suicide, believe it or not, they don’t really want to die. They just want the pain to stop. Whitney Houston did not commit suicide but she was not short on pain. I know many are quick to judge that it ultimately was the singer’s fault that she died that day. Whitney didn’t abuse substances so she could die, she simply wanted the pain to stop.
So many assume that trying a new drug is easy. It’s certainly not because that first step for many and maybe for Whitney, sets up this cat-and-mouse game between the user and the substance. Will you beat the drug before it kills you or at least, ruins your life?
Whatever the outcome of the toxicology tests on Whitney, I think it’s safe to say that one way or another substance abuse lead to her demise. Well, we learn from death and if there is any positive outcome of this it’s that we tend to learn more from a big death and Whitney’s story will teach us much. – by John Beaudin
Whitney Houston Died in the Bathtub
Houston’s stylist, hairdresser and two bodyguards were just outside the bathroom at the time of her death. The crew were set to help the singer prepare for the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party. After not hearing from Whitney for over an hour they became concerned. One of them knocked on the bathroom door but heard no answer. That’s when a female hairdresser opened the door and screamed when she saw Whitney with her face underwater and her legs were up. One of the bodyguards quickly pulled her out and attempted CPR. Unfortunately, the singer was probably already dead as her body was very cold.
After paramedics arrived they also tried, in vain, to save her live. She was pronounced dead at 3:55PM.
Sources also say that the singer was taking Xanax. When she had big performances it’s something she took to calm her nerves and last night she was set to perform a song at the Clive Davis event. Some are guessing that she may have fallen asleep in the bathtub and drowned.
Houston was also drinking a lot the night before she died.It’s been reported that Whitney suffered from anxiety and panic attacks and had prescription pills to help nerves. Whitney Houston was just 48. – by John Beaudin
Whitney Houston’s Mom Says The Singer Seemed Fine Before Her Death
The elder Houston says she spoke to her daughter about 30 minutes before she died. The pair talked about attending the Clive Davis (pictured with Houston) pre-Grammy party.
Whitney apparently spoke to her cousin, singer Dionne Warwick a few hours earlier today and says there were no signs of trouble. The pair also talked about the pre-Grammy party and how they both wanted to sit together.
Whitney was spotted outside a nightclub this week looked heavily intoxicated. There were also rumors that the singer was on the brink of bankruptcy.
Houston died at 3:35PM today at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. No cause of death has been released. - By John Beaudin
Whitney Houston May Have Already Been Dead When Paramedics Arrived
Paramedics performed CPR but nothing worked. She was pronounced dead at 3:55PM.
According to Associated Press there were no signs of foul play in her room however a full investigation is underway.
Houston had a well-publicized battle with drugs for many years.- by John Beaudin
Whitney Houston Dead at 48
Of course the Internet is abuzz on the cause of death being drug related but nothing has been officially announced.
Houston peaked in the 1980’s and ‘90’s with huge hits like "How Will I Know," "Saving All My Love for You" and "I Will Always Love You." She not only had one of the best voices in any genre but also won numerous accolades including 6 Grammy Awards, two Emmy Awards and 22 American Music Awards. Needless to say tomorrow nights Grammy broadcast will no doubt be filled with Whitney tributes.In recent years her career plummeted because of drug use, a Jerry Springer-type marriage to singer Bobby Brown and that brilliant voice seemed to be gone. – by John Beaudin
Whitney Houston Says Drug Rumors are "Ridiculous"
The singer was also released from a Paris hospital last week (April 7) after suffering a respiratory infection but says she looks forward to continuing her tour in Europe. "I'm feeling great," she said. "I'm just ready to move on and continue my world tour."
Houston, 46, told People, "My health is terrific, but this is a time when I get a lot of allergies.” So why go on tour at this time of the year?She has cancelled numerous show on her comeback tour and her Australian shows were criticized for her lack of range and her constant coughing and wheezing on stage. – by John Beaudin
Whitney Houston Credits her Daughter For New Found Inspiration
She adds "I'm a lot wiser now, certainly a lot older. Things mean a lot more to me. I have a 16-year-old daughter, which makes a lot of changes in a woman's life. I think the songs themselves will speak to you when you hear them. And you'll understand where I am and the changes I've gone through for the better."
Whitney quickly got the courage to put it all together and the album is due in September.
The singer said the project came with a friendly push from mentor Clive Davis, "He called me one day and said 'it's time." And I said, 'time for what?' And he says 'time for you to come back and sing for us again'."
So far the comeback feeling has been gratifying for Houston, "It's great to be back, it s more like riding a horse. A bike you can stop, break. Sometimes you’ve got to pull the horse reins back, you've got to hold the rein a little better." – by Sheryl Duncan
Whitney Houston’s New Album Out in March?
Some industry insiders predict that the diva will finally release her comeback sometime in March though the label has given no official release date. Houston is also set to possible perform songs off the new disc at record mogul Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy bash next month.
Davis was there for Whitney before and after the crack sojourns and has hinted that the voice that he introduced to us in 1985 is back. Though that is unlikely, Houston has been working on getting her voice back with vocal coaches. Let’s not forget a few performances in the past two years where Whitney sounded like Scatman Crothers.
Davis told the New York Post, "We've always said we were looking toward the end of the first quarter of (2009). I do feel good about the material we have and what's been going on."
His pre-Grammy gala will take place February 7th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, the evening before the 51st Annual Grammy Awards. – by John Beaudin
Urgent! Whitney Houston Sounds Like a Truck
A source told the Mirror, "Thousands have been shelled out to train her back up to the original. But now she sounds terrific - she is going to blow everybody away.” The new Whitney album comes out in November. – By John Beaudin
Whitney Houston’s Career Comeback Hit A Rough Patch
Whitney, who is reported to date famous American actor, songwriter, record producer and singer Ray J, has been working on a new studio album since last year. The still untitled is slated to for a release in November 2008. The album should include recorded tunes with famous R&B singers Ne-Yo and R.Kelly and rapper Akon among other artists.
However, after such a long time away from stage and this missed concert in Tobago, Whitney Houston will have to work a lot on her current flat and listless voice to be able to bounce back and regain the golden voice she commanded at the height of her career.
Let us hope for Whitney that she will be able to get herself together soon! - By Akbar Nour
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