Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American recording artist, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston was one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 200 million records worldwide. She released six studio albums, one holiday album and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification. Houston’s crossover appeal on the popular music charts, as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for “How Will I Know”,influenced several African American female artists to follow in her footsteps
On February 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in her guest room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California. Subsequent toxicology reports showed that she had accidentally drowned in the bathtub due to the effects of chronic cocaine use and heart disease. News of her death coincided with the 2012 Grammy Awards and featured prominently in American and international media
Whitney has been tremendously missed. Forget all of her transgressions. Her spirit will live on in her music, influencing generations to come.
Here is a look back at all of her US platinum hits:
I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) is the first single from Whitney Houston’s second studio album Whitney. It became Whitney’s first platinum single
Originally done in 1973 by the queen of country Dolly Parton, this became Whitney’s second platinum single
First recorded by the 4 tops back in 1983, Whitney applied her platinum touch in 1996 garnering her 3 platinum single
With the assistance of Faith Evans and Kelly Price, Whitney earned her 4th platinum single
This would prove to be Whitney’s last platinum hit of the century and #5 for Mrs Houston
To date, has anyone done it better? Performed at the 1991 Superbowl, it was re-released in 2001 and went platinum earning Whitney #6
We shall never forget you Whitney!