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Houston, Whitney

Dave Laing

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.47708

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(b New Jersey, August 9, 1963; d Beverly Hills, CA, Feb 11, 2012). American popular singer. She came from a musical family: her mother Cissy led Elvis Presley’s vocal group the Sweet Inspirations and Dionne Warwick was her cousin. She was a protégée of Clive Davis, a record industry mogul whose marketing skills helped to achieve seven hit singles from her expensively crafted début album, Whitney Houston (Ari., 1985). Among these were ‘Saving all my Love for You’, ‘How will I know’, ‘You give good love’ and ‘Greatest Love’, and whose success was assisted by equally opulent videos. Whitney (Ari., 1987) contained further hit songs such as ‘I wanna dance with somebody (who loves me)’, and in 1988 she recorded Albert Hammond’s song ‘One Moment in Time’ (1988) in celebration of the Olympic Games. I’m Your Baby Tonight (Ari., 1990) included a duet with Stevie Wonder, ‘We didn’t know’, and for ...

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Subjects: Popular Music ; Contemporary Music

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