Tribute: Queen of Pop Whitney Houston

Born Whitney Elizabeth Houston to gospel star Cissy Houston and John Russell Jr. on August 9th, 1963 in Newark, New Jersey. Houston was the third and youngest child. Houston was gospel-trained, but her voice also lent itself to R&B, pop and ballads, and she was adept at each style. It was a ballad that provided her biggest hit, a 1992 cover version of Dolly Parton's I Will Always Love You, which sold 12 million copies worldwide making it one of the biggest single of all time. Over the years we saw her break the Beatles' record for the greatest number of No 1 singles in a row – she managed seven – and become America's highest-earning black female entertainer. Her ubiquity on radio and TV paved the way for other African-American singers and groups such as Mary J Blige and Destiny's Child, who became hugely popular.

I am indeed still sadden and shocked by this news. My deepest condolences goes out to her daughter Bobbi Kristina, her entire family and fellow fans.

Whitney Houston 
August 9th 1963 - February 11th 2012



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