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Born on this day: August 9, 1963 – Pop and R&a…

Born on this day: August 9, 1963 – Pop and R&B vocal legend Whitney Houston (born Whitney Elizabeth Houston in Newark, NJ). Happy Birthday to this icon on what would have been her 56th Birthday.

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On this day in music history: June 27, 1987 – …

On this day in music history: June 27, 1987 – “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 3 weeks on July 4, 1987, and peaking at #2 on the R&B singles chart on June 20, 1987. Written by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam, it is the fourth chart topping single for the pop and R&B vocal superstar from Newark, NJ. After the massive whirlwind success of her self-titled debut album, Whitney Houston begins recording her sophomore release in the Fall of 1986. Having produced the smash “How Will I Know” on the first album, producer Narada Michael Walden produces the majority of the new album, working on eight of the eleven songs on the finished LP. George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam, the husband and wife songwriting team responsible for writing “Know”, and the pop vocal duo known as Boy Meets Girl, are invited back to contribute a song to Whitney’s album. Initially, the pair come up with “Waiting For A Star To Fall” for Houston and submit it to Arista. The song is rejected as not being suitable for Whitney, and the duo end up keeping it for themselves, and scoring a major pop hit with “Fall” (#5 Pop) in 1988. Instead, they write the equally bouncy and infectious “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, in a similar vein to “How Will I Know”. All involved agree that it is a smash, and Whitney and Narada record the song. Issued as the first single from “Whitney” on April 30, 1987, it is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #38 on May 16, 1987, it shoots to the top of the chart six weeks later. The 45 and import 12" versions of the single are backed with the non-LP track “Moment Of Truth” which also becomes a fan favorite. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” wins Whitney her second Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female in 1988. Houston’s second album also enters the Billboard Top 200 at number one on the same date that “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” tops the singles chart, making her the first female artist in history to debut in the top spot on the US album chart. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: May 25, 1985 – “…

On this day in music history: May 25, 1985 – “You Give Good Love” by Whitney Houston hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 1 week, also peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 on July 27, 1985. Written by LaLa (aka LaForrest Cope), it is the first chart topping single for the pop and R&B vocal icon from Newark, NJ. An associate of producer Kashif (Evelyn “Champagne” King, George Benson, Melba Moore), LaLa writes “You Give Good Love” specifically for singer Roberta Flack. When Flack’s assistant rebuffs the young songwriter, LaLa has Kashif play the song for Arista A&R man Gerry Griffith. Searching for material for Whitney Houston’s debut album, Griffith then plays the song demo for his boss Clive Davis, who agrees the song is a hit. The track features Kashif on keyboards and bass marimba, Ira Siegal on guitar, J.T. Lewis and Roy Wooten (Bela Fleck & The Flecktones) on drums, LaLa and Yogi Lee on background vocals and Bashiri Johnson on percussion. Quickly mixing the record at Atlantic Studios in New York, Kashif plays the finished track for Davis. The single begins receiving airplay on New York radio stations the following day. Released in February of 1985, Houston’s debut solo single quickly finds favor on black radio. Its success there helps the record to crossover to top 40 pop radio in the US. “You Give Good Love” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston during the 38th Annual Grammy Awards Pre-Party Hosted by Clive Davis on February 27, 1996 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

On this day in music history: May 17, 1986 – “…

On this day in music history: May 17, 1986 – “The Greatest Love Of All” by Whitney Houston hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 5 weeks on April 26, 1986, and peaking at #3 on the R&B singles chart on May 10, 1986. Written by Michael Masser and Linda Creed, the song is originally recorded by George Benson in 1977 for the Muhammad Ali biopic “The Greatest”. Famed Philly Soul lyricist Creed’s inspiration for writing the lyrics in part, come from her own struggle with breast cancer which she had recently been diagnosed when commissioned to write the song. Whitney Houston personally selects the song to record for her 1985 debut album, working with co-writer Masser who also produces the single. The original LP version is actually issued as the B-side of her first single “You Give Good Love”, but is remixed for single release (as an A-side) and is issued in March of 1986, quickly becoming Houston’s third pop chart topper. Sadly, songwriter Linda Creed loses her battle with breast cancer on April 10, 1986, just five weeks before the song tops the pop charts. She is only thirty six years old at the time. “The Greatest Love Of All” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: April 23, 1988 -…

On this day in music history: April 23, 1988 – “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” by Whitney Houston hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 3 weeks on April 2, 1988, and peaking at #2 on the R&B singles chart. Written by Frank Wildhorn and Chuck Jackson, it is the seventh chart topper on the pop singles chart for the New Jersey born superstar vocalist. Initially opposed to recording the song, Whitney cuts it at on the recommendation of Arista Records chief Clive Davis, who feels it will be a hit. Released as the fourth single from Houston’s second album “Whitney” in early February of 1988, it quickly becomes another smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #47 on February 27, 1988, it climbs to the top of the chart eight weeks later. “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” makes history when it becomes Whitney Houston’s seventh consecutive number one pop single, and becomes the first female artist in history, to pull four chart topping singles from the same album.

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Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston video shoot for “Something In Common” in November 1993.

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On this day in music history: February 23, 199…

On this day in music history: February 23, 1991 – “All The Man That I Need” by Whitney Houston hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for 2 weeks on March 2, 1991, and topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 4 weeks on February 16, 1991. Written by Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore, it is the ninth number one pop single for the pop and R&B vocalist. “All The Man That I Need” is originally written for and recorded by Linda Clifford in 1981, and by Sister Sledge the following year. While having dinner with Arista Records chief Clive Davis in 1987, Pitchford suggests that Whitney record it, giving Davis a tape of the song. Davis likes it, but more than two and a half years go by before Houston actually records it. “All The Man That I Need” is released as the second single from “I’m Your Baby Tonight” in December of 1990. Entering the Hot 100 at #53 on December 22, 1990, it climbs to the top of the chart nine weeks later, following the chart topping success of the title track. Luther Vandross records a version of the song re-titled “All The Woman I Need” for his covers album “Songs” in 1994. “All The Man That I Need” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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In Loving Memory of Whitney Houston

(August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012.)

On this day in music history: January 9, 1988 …

On this day in music history: January 9, 1988 – “So Emotional” by Whitney Houston hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, peaking at #5 on the R&B singles chart on the same date, also topping the Club Play chart for 2 weeks on December 26, 1987. Written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, it is the sixth chart topping single for the New Jersey born and raised Pop and R&B vocal icon. Following the multi-platinum success of her self-titled debut album, Whitney Houston begins work on her sophomore release in the Fall of 1986. Arista Records boss Clive Davis invites producers Narada Michael Walden, Michael Masser and Kashif back to work on tracks for the new album, as have several songwriters who submit material for consideration. Davis asks songwriters Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, best known for writing pop classics including “Like A Virgin”, “Eternal Flame” and “I’ll Stand By You” if they have a song for Whitney. The pair quickly come up with something for Houston. The song, originally titled “Emotional” is written with a feel similar to a Prince song. Kelly sings the song like the diminutive musician on their original demo. Though when producer Narada Michael Walden works on the track, he  changes the arrangement significantly from Steinberg and Kelly’s demo recording, also re-titling it “So Emotional”. Issued as the third single from “Whitney” in October of 1987, it quickly follows its predecessors “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” to the top of the chart. The 12" single pressing also comes packaged with a mini poster of the single cover featuring Whitney casually dressed in blue jeans, a t-shirt and black leather jacket. Entering the Hot 100 at #48 on October 31, 1987, it climbs to the top of the chart ten weeks later. When “So Emotional” hits number one, it puts Whitney Houston in a three way tie with The Beatles and the Bee Gees for the most consecutive chart toppers on the Hot 100 with each scoring six in a row. Though some music historians debate this point. Arista released the track “Thinking About You” in September of 1985 after “Saving All My Love For You”, but was only promoted to R&B radio and clubs, with no pop radio promotion. “Thinking” peaks at #10 on the R&B singles chart, and #24 on the Club Play chart in December of 1985, but does not chart on the Billboard Hot 100. “So Emotional” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.