- Cover of The Bodyguard (Special Edition)
Last night while I was watching the NBC music talent show, ” The Voice“, I saw what looked like a breaking news annoucment saying that singer Whitney Houston was found dead at the age of 48 in her hotel room in Beverly Hills, CA, USA. How ironic in all of this is while I was watching a tv show about finding new music talent, a very talented music voice from my days as a young adult, Whitney Houston passed away suddenly. What also was very ironic is that now, as an aging member from the baby boom generation, this was like a punch in my stomach.
Also Ms. Whitney’s death comes at a time in my own life when I am confronting the reality that now that I am in the second-half of my life, my own body is also starting to do its own breakdown in the breakdown lane of this life. First my right knee with ostroarthritis, then a tooth going bad with abscess, forcing me to go to the University of Connecticut Medical Center in Farmington for emergency dental treatment. Late last October, after seeing a spot in my right breast area during a regular yearly mamagram and ultrasound having a hard time picking up what that spot is, I am as on February 27 will be undergoing a breast biospy procedure. I PRAY that it does not end up having me being told I have breast cancer. Just being able to talk about my own health issues was never all that easy, let alone blogging about the health problems of the rich and famous. Being one that tries to have my own self-respect
Having said all of this, I now get back with dealing with the death of Whitney Houston.
Early this morning, which is a Sunday, I do not blog at all, and I try since this is the Lord’s day, to avoid blogging as much as possible. Today with the sad passing of Ms. Houston, this was the exception. Even then, I was still very much surprised by Ms. Whitney’s passing. I have been hearing that she has been fighting drug addiction for a number of years, coming out to admit in 2003 to Oprah that she was smoking crack cocaine. From the UK Daily Mail Online website: “She cancelled a string of concerts and talk shows as she struggled to cope. In a chat show with Oprah in 2003, the star admitted the scale of her addiction to smoking crack cocaine.”It was every day, every,’ she said. ‘I didn’t think about the singing part of it any more.” Even reading in the Daily Mail UK online website was a BIG EYE OPENER for me to the extent of the addiction that Ms. Houston had been dealing with. Truly I will never in full come to the full understanding of what she was dealing with. But what Ms. Houston was dealing with, the down side of what comes with being both rich and famous is an ongoing lesson that both wealth and fame are always, always fleeting.
While Ms. Whitney’s music will live on in my mind and in the minds of her fans and music listeners alike, my two favorite songs being her wonderful singing of the United States of America‘s national anthem, “The Star Spangle Banner“ before the start of the 1991 NFL pro football Super Bowl and the song from the movie and soundtrack, “The Bodyguard“ “I Will Always Love You.” Truly those two songs will burn in my memory. Tonight I will be watch “The Grammy Awards” and check in to see the musical tribute to Ms. Houston. Today I had aged a bit more in my middle-age.
The sad reality of it all is, Ms. Houston died TOO SOON.
Thank-you Ms. Houston for the memories in your music. RIP Ms. Houston.
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“Whitney Houston – Super Bowl XXV (1991) – The National Anthem of the United States of America
On February 11, 2012, Whitney Houston was found dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California, of causes not immediately known.
Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 — February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. Houston was the most awarded female act of all time, according to Guinness World Records. Her list of awards includes 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010. Houston was also one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide.
Inspired by several prominent soul singers in her family, including mother Cissy Houston and cousins Dionne Warwick and the late Dee Dee Warwick, as well as her godmother, Aretha Franklin, Houston began singing with New Jersey church’s junior gospel choir at age 11. After she began performing alongside her mother in night clubs in the New York City area, she was discovered by Arista Records label head Clive Davis. As of 2011, Houston had released seven studio albums and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum, or gold certification.
Houston was the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits (“Saving All My Love for You”, “How Will I Know”, “Greatest Love of All”, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, “Didn’t We Almost Have It All”, “So Emotional”, and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”). She was the second artist behind Elton John and the only female artist to have two number-one Top Billboard 200 Album awards (formerly “Top Pop Album”) on the Billboard magazine year-end charts. Houston’s 1985 debut album, Whitney Houston, became the best-selling debut album by a female act at the time of its release. The album was also named Rolling Stone’s best album of 1986, and was ranked at number 254 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Her second studio album, Whitney (1987), became the first album by a female artist to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Houston’s crossover appeal on the popular music charts as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for “How Will I Know”, influenced several African-American female artists to follow in her footsteps.
Houston’s first acting role was as the star of the feature film The Bodyguard (1992). The movie’s original soundtrack won the 1994 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Its lead single, “I Will Always Love You”, became the best-selling single by a female artist in music history. With this album, Houston became the first act (solo or group, male or female) to sell more than a million copies of an album within a single week period. The album also makes her the only female act in the top 10 list of the best-selling albums of all time, at number four. Houston continued to star in movies and contribute to their adjoining soundtracks, including the films Waiting to Exhale (1995) and The Preacher’s Wife (1996). The Preacher’s Wife soundtrack would go on to become the best-selling gospel album in history. Three years after the release of her fourth studio album, My Love Is Your Love (1998), she renewed her recording contract with Arista Records. She released her fifth studio album, Just Whitney, in 2002, and the Christmas-themed One Wish: The Holiday Album in 2003. Amid widespread media coverage of personal and professional turmoil, Houston ended her 14-year marriage to singer Bobby Brown in 2006. In 2009, Houston released her seventh studio album, I Look to You.”
“Whitney Houston I will always love youWhitney Houston takes Dolly Parton’s song and makes it completely her own in this amazing cover.Lyricsf IShould stayI would only be in your waySo I’ll goBut I knowI’ll think of you every step ofthe wayAnd I…Will alwaysLove you, oohhWill alwaysLove youYouMy darling youMmm-mmBittersweetMemoriesThat is all I’m taking with meSo good-byePlease don’t cryWe both know I’m not what youYou needAnd I…Will always love youI…Will always love youYou, ooh[Instrumental / Sax solo]I hopelife treats you kindAnd I hopeyou have all you’ve dreamed ofAnd I wish you joyand happinessBut above all thisI wish you loveAnd I…Will always love youI…Will always love you[Repeat]I, I will always loveYou….YouDarling I love youI’ll alwaysI’ll alwaysLoveYou..OoohOoohhh_______________________________Whitney Houston sings I Will Always Love You in this amazing cover for the movie The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner. It was Kevin Costner himself who discovered this song for “the” song of the movie.I Will Always Love You Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You Whitney Houston Video The Bodyguard”