Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Whitney Houston: The Greatest Hits

"'For the next generation, there's a singer that combines the fiery gospel of Aretha Franklin with the stunning elegance and the beauty of lyric phrasing of Lena Horne, and she is Whitney Houston.' Those were the words of Clive Davis introducing Whitney Houston to a nationwide television audience in 1985. The president and founder of Arista was there to showcase his latest protégé, a young singer who at the time was relatively unknown to the general public, yet who had already generated a detectable industry buzz. The daughter of legendary session and gospel singer Cissy Houston and the cousin of equally lauded vocalist Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston had, while still in her teens, begun to follow in her mom's formidable footsteps, backing up Chaka Khan and Lou Rawls, appearing in her mother's stage show and showcasing at a popular Manhattan nightclub. It was in that club that Davis spotted her, and it was soon after signing her that Davis introduced Whitney on the Merv Griffin national television show. It was Whitney's first major television gig. It would not be her last. She wowed the audience that night. It would not be the last time for that, either ..." (CD notes by Amy Linden).

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