Another great music artist has passed this week, once again, it seems, due to addiction to drugs. Unkind comments have been popping up in various places on the web and other media, by people that seem to have no understanding or empathy for those that suffer with addiction. Whitney Houston was only 48 and but for her addiction and other emotional issues I am sure she could have had a career for at least another 20 years, like her aunt Dionne Warwick and her Godmother Aretha Franklin.
Sadly in recent years her health has not allowed her to reach the great heights of her early career. So let’s remember her with a few of the songs that sold in the millions around the world, illustrated that great voice and brought happiness to so many.
Saving All My Love For You was the first hit that I was aware of and sold more than a million copies, topping the R&B, pop, and adult contemporary charts in the summer of 1985. It earned Houston a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance.
Whitney’s 1993 Dolly Parton cover I Will Always Love You became nothing less than the biggest hit single in rock history. I was loathe to include it here, as it has been done to death and slaughtered on many a Pop Idol contest on several continents. But you can not have a Whitney tribute without it and no one really hit those big notes like she did.
Just as a comparison I have included Dolly’s gentle country original, the only other version worth listening to.
And just to show it was not all sappy ballads and she could dance it up with the best of them, here’s Miss Huston‘s international hit I Wanna Dance with Somebody from her 1985 album Whitney, which made her an international star and included a string of hit singles.
Rest in peace Whitney, we miss you already.
By Max Power