Sunday, February 12, 2012

Whitney Houston: I Go To The Rock

The music world is reeling over the news that 48-year old Whitney Houston was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room on the eve of the Grammy Awards celebration. At the present, the immediate cause of death has not yet been released. A part of music royalty, Houston was the daughter of Cissy Houston and a first cousin to Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick. Aretha Franklin was Whitney Houston’s godmother.

Having risen to prominence with her debut album in 1985, the young artist went on to be the top selling female vocalist in the United States selling 55 million units. She also achieved more awards than any other female vocalist – 415 in total. During the past decade her career was unfortunately wracked by her drug addiction and problems in her marriage to Bobby Brown. She was just beginning to rebound in her career.

Hand signed Christmas card that Ms. Houston sent the author in 1985.

Because it is Spiritual Sunday, I have chosen to feature her version of Dottie Rambo’s “I go to the Rock.” She is backed by the Georgia Mass Choir on this recording from the soundtrack from movie “The Preacher’s Wife” from 1996. Houston starred in the movie opposite Courtney B. Vance and Denzil Washington – it was a remake of the 1947 movie, “The Bishop’s Wife.”

The world will miss you Whitney - Rest in Peace.

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