February 11, 2012

WHAT A WASTE:

Whitney Houston, superstar of records and films, dies at 48 (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, 2/11/12)

She seemed to be born into greatness. She was the daughter of gospel singer Cissy Houston, the cousin of 1960s pop diva Dionne Warwick and the goddaughter of Aretha Franklin.

Ms. Houston first started singing in the church as a child. In her teens, she sang backup for Chaka Khan, Jermaine Jackson and others, in addition to modeling. It was around that time when music mogul Clive Davis first heard Ms. Houston perform.

"The time that I first saw her singing in her mother's act in a club ... it was such a stunning impact," Davis told "Good Morning America."

"To hear this young girl breathe such fire into this song. I mean, it really sent the proverbial tingles up my spine," he added.

After the Newark riots, in '67, her family moved to East Orange, and she was in the Mother Judd's class one year, along with the Other Brother.  Our school had a Gospel Ensemble, which I was eventually the only white member of, and we used to sing in churches in Newark all the time.  The responsive nature of black Baptist congregations made it one heck of a training ground.

The Mother Judd saw her in a club in NYC when she was first breaking into the business and had no doubt she was going to be a star.

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Posted by at February 11, 2012 9:45 PM
  

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