Now, maybe that’s just me — I’m inclined to mark most days with music. I collect LPs as a hobby, and I got this one from Joycee.
25 years ago this month, Whitney Houston’s debut LP was issued. It was a smash, with consecutive hits and #1s, and it began Miss Houston’s great career in music and films, that keeps going and going….
Whitney Houston is the daughter of soul and gospel singer Cissy Drinkard Houston. With her sisters, Cissy made gospel records and sang backup on several others. One of her sisters, Lee Drinkard Warrick, managed the group and was herself mother to gospel and R&B singer Judy Clay and pop legend Dionne Warrick.
By the time she was in her teens, Whitney Houston had absorbed some serious musical training. She signed with Arista, and the rest is history.
Miss Houston’s eponymous debut featured stellar songwriters, producers and players, including Julia and Maxine Waters, who released tons of records and sang with everybody. (Julia and Maxine sang as Supremes, sort of, on the 1969 hit “Someday We’ll be Together,” after the Motown legends had gone their separate ways.) Since that first record, the Whitney Houston sound has become the standard for so many pop singers. TV’s “American Idol” is a stream of singers doing their best Whitney Houston for better or worse.
Whitney Houston’s career is 25 years old. She comes from a mighty female heritage and an amazing vocal heritage. She has worked in a business where many women have succeeded, in front and behind the scenes. She has inspired millions of women since.
Whitney Houston is our historical marker today.