Whitney Houston

Singer Whitney Houston
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Profession: Singer

United States of America

Biography: One of the most awarded and the best-selling female music artist ever. Houston first came to prominence as a teen model and moved into music full time after she signed a record contract in 1983.

Her debut album "Whitney Houston" was released in 1985 and in 1986 was the No. 1 selling album (Billboard).

Her second album "Whitney" was also a major success with a record 7 No. 1 hits.

She moved into film roles with "The Bodyguard" in 1992. The film's soundtrack containing her so-called signature song "I Will Always Love You".

Whitney continued to perform while her personal life became more chaotic amid alleged drug-taking until she died in 2012 in an accidental drowning. She is remembered for her huge vocal range and her use of the melisma technique.

Born: August 9, 1963
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Leo

Died: February 11, 2012 (aged 48)
Cause of Death: Accidental drowning

Married Life

  • 1992-07-18 American R&B singers Whitney Houston (28) & Bobby Brown (23) marry
  • 2007-04-24 Recording artist and the most-awarded female act of all-time Whitney Houston (43) divorces R&B singer-songwriter Bobby Brown (38) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage

Historical Events

  • 1973-06-17 Dolly Parton records her song "I Will Always Love You" (later a huge hit for Whitney Houston) for RCA in Nashville
  • 1985-02-14 "Whitney Houston" debut album by Whitney Houston is released (Grammy Award Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female 1986, Billboard Album of Year 1986)
  • 1986-01-27 13th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Huey Lewis & C Gayle
  • 1986-09-05 3rd MTV Video Music Awards: Whitney Houston wins
  • 1987-01-26 14th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie & Alabama win
  • 1987-09-29 "Didn't We Almost Have It All," by Whitney Houston hits #1
  • 1988-01-25 15th American Music Awards: Anita Baker; Paul Simon; & Whitney Houston win
  • 1988-03-30 2nd Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston win
  • 1988-06-11 Freedom Fest: Anti-apartheid benefit & Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert addresses his continued imprisonment; performers include Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Dire Straits, Stevie Wonder, Tracy Chapman, Hugh Masekela & Miriam Makeba, Youssou N'dour, Peter Gabriel, Al Green, Joan Armatrading; Jessye Norman, and The Eurythmics at Wembley Stadium, London; broadcast to 67 countries with estimated audience of 600 million
  • 1990-11-06 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" 3rd studio album by Whitney Houston is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1991)
  • 1992-11-03 "I Will Always Love You" (Dolly Parton cover) single released by Whitney Houston (Billboard Song of the Year 1993)
  • 1992-12-09 3rd Billboard Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Garth Brooks & Dr. Dre win
  • 1993-12-08 4th Billboard Music Awards: Whitney Houston, The Bodyguard Soundtrack win
  • 1994-02-07 21st American Music Awards: Whitney Houston wins
  • 1994-03-01 36th Grammy Awards: "I Will Always Love You"; Whitney Houston; Sting; Toni Braxton; Mary Chapin-Carpenter win
  • 1994-03-15 8th Soul Train Music Awards: Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston win
  • 1994-04-09 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Whitney Houston, Luciano Pavarotti, Aaron Neville, Tammy Wynette, Branford Marsalis, and Larry Adler
  • 1997-11-02 Rodgers & Hammerstein's television musical "Cinderella", starring Brandy Norwood, Whitney Houston, and Bernadette Peters premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1998-02-27 12th Soul Train Music Awards: Puff Daddy, Whitney Houston win
  • 1998-11-17 Whitney Houston releases "My Love is Your Love"
  • 2000-03-04 14th Soul Train Music Awards: Prince, Whitney Houston, DMX & Mary J. Blige win
  • 2020-11-07 35th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Depeche Mode; The Doobie Brothers; Whitney Houston; Nine Inch Nails; The Notorious B.I.G.; T-Rex; Jon Landau; and Irving Azoff

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