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Saturday, August 1, 2009

WHITNEY HOUSTON PART I



HERE ON THEGAYTE-KEEPER WE DECIDED TO DEDICATE THE MONTH OF AUGUST TO ONE OF FAVORITE ARTIST, MS. WHITNEY ELIZABETH HOUSTON. WITH THE HEADLINES BEING DOMINATED BY THIS COMEBACK QUEEN IN THE ANTICIPATION OF HER UP COMING ALBUM, I LOOK TO YOU WHICH IS SET FOR AN AUGUST 31st DEBUT…THIS IS MY WAY OF SAYING WELCOME BACK WHITNEY!
 

WHITNEY HOUSTON is the debut album of American R&B and pop singer Whitney Houston, released February 14, 1985, on Arista Records. The album initially had a slow commercial response, but emerged as a success during 1986 with the help of three number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album serves as Houston's best-selling studio album to date, with sales of over 25 million copies worldwide, and one of the best selling albums of all time in the United States and internationally. Whitney Houston has often been cited by critics as Houston's best work. In 2003, the album was ranked number 254 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time






YOU GIVE GOOD LOVE is a song by American pop/R&B singer Whitney Houston from her self-titled debut album. It was her first major hit from her first album, peaking at number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1985. The video for "You Give Good Love" featured an off-duty cameraman entering a club that's being refurbished. Houston is on the stage rehearsing for a performance. Taken aback by her impressive singing, the man begins filming Houston as she performs.




SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU is the second hit single from Whitney Houston's self-titled debut album. This jazzy ballad (released in August 1985) is about a love affair with a married man, and the singer is "saving all her love for him". The song was written by Michael Masser and Gerry Goffin. The song was arranged by Gene Page. SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU entered the Billboard Hot 100 at an impressive #53, jumping to #39 the following week (August 24), and reaching the Top 10 five weeks later. The single reached the number-one spot the week of October 26, 1985, and became the first of seven record-holding consecutive number-one singles in the United States for Houston. 




HOW WILL I KNOW is the third hit single from Whitney Houston's self-titled first album. The single was released in November 1985 and was written by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam of Boy Meets Girl fame, who wrote it for Janet Jackson[1]. The song is an electric dance tune about the singer wondering if a guy she likes feels the same way about her. Houston became a staple on MTV with the release of this hit single. On the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, "How Will I Know" rose from #60 to #50 the week of December 14, 1985, reaching the #1 spot by February 15, 1986, and becoming Houston's second number-one single. The single displaced "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne Warwick, thus becoming only the third time (and first by female artists) in history for relatives to replace each other at number one. It remained at number one for two weeks, and spent fifteen weeks in the top forty. It was ranked #6 on Billboard's top year end pop charts. [2]



GREATEST LOVE OF ALL is an inspirational song written by Michael Masser and Linda Creed, originally recorded by George Benson for the 1977 Muhammad Ali film The Greatest. The original record was a moderate hit for Benson, reaching #2 on the Billboard R&B chart and making the top 40 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and adult contemporary charts.[1] The song was the fourth and final single released from Whitney Houston's self-titled multi-platinum (U.S.) first studio album, Whitney Houston. Released in April 1986, Houston's version spent three weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May of that year.[2] Clive Davis, founder of Houston's label Arista Records, was against Houston recording the song, but he eventually gave in after persuasion from Masser. To date, this song was her second longest stay atop this chart, behind 1992's I Will Always Love You.





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