Saturday, February 11, 2012

R.I.P. Whitney Houston 1963-2012

Yet another bright star has burned out: Whitney Houston died today at age 48, leaving behind an 18 year-old daughter (as did Teena Marie in December of 2010 when she passed away at age 54.) Houston also leaves behind her mother, singer Cissy Houston, 78.

One of the greatest vocalists of our time and a stunningly beautiful woman, Whitney was an immense influence on a number of younger and now very famous female singers, including Jennifer Hudson, Pink, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna and many more.

She battled drug and alcohol addiction for years, but it is ultimately her voice she will be remembered for. And thanks to the Internet, with a few clicks and a few key strokes we can enjoy some of her best songs and music videos, starting with her live version of "I Will Always Love You" from the 'VH1 Divas' show which aired on April 13, 1999 from New York City's Beacon Theater. Houston, who turned 36 on August 9 that year, was introduced by German 1990s supermodel Claudia Schiffer.