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June 11, 1988 (31 years ago today), Whitney paid tribute to Nelson Mandela at his 70th Birthday Celebration at the Free Nelson Mandela concert at Wembley Stadium in the UK. The show was broadcast to 67 countries to an audience of 600 million people as part of a push to end apartheid in South Africa. Many artists performed including Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, Eurythmics, George Michael, Peter Gabriel and more. Whitney performed 8 songs including gospel song "He/I Believe" with her mother Cissy Houston. Six years later, Whitney would be the first major artist to perform in South Africa post-Apartheid.
On June 8, 1991: ‘Miracle’ peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 4 on Adult Contemporary Chart. "Miracle" was the third single from Whitney's third studio album, I'm Your Baby Tonight and was written and produced by L.A. Reid and Babyface. Watch: https://youtu.be/ZAdi3LIW898
The Whitney exhibit at The GRAMMY Museum at Newark's Prudential Center is coming to an end soon. If you are in the New York area or planning a trip, make sure to catch this wonderful exhibit which will close on June 30. And if you cannot go, consider buying the beautiful coffee table book commemorating the exhibit. Click here to buy book: https://bit.ly/2VAwX7m
Seven years ago today, RCA Records released "Celebrate", a duet by Whitney and Jordin Sparks (from the soundtrack album Sparkle: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to the 2012 musical drama film Sparkle) as a digital single and the first official single from the soundtrack. It was the last song recorded by Whitney.
On June 2, 1987, Arista Records released Whitney's second album, simply titled "Whitney". The album debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 (and stayed at #1 for 11 weeks in a row!) making her the first female artist to achieve this incredible milestone! To date, the album has sold over 20 million copies worldwide and is close to diamond certification in the U.S. (stay tuned).
34 years ago today (May 25, 1985), Whitney's song "You Give Good Love" from her debut album peaked at #1 on the R&B Charts and #3 on the Hot 100. Written by LaLa (LaForest Cope) and produced by Kashif, the song was the first single released in the U.S. Here is Whitney performing the song on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson back in 85.
On May 16, 2000 (19 years ago today), Arista Records released "Whitney: The Greatest Hits", a compilation album of two discs - one with ballads and the other with uptempo and re-mixes. The Star Bangled Banner and One Moment in Time were also included in the set, along with 4 new songs: Could I Have This Kiss Forever ( with Enrique Iglesias), If I Told You That (with George Michael), Same Script Different Cast (with Deborah Cox) and Fine. It reached Top 10 in most countries (including #1 in UK and #5 in U.S.) After Whitney's passing, it came back on Billboard 200 Chart at #2.
May 1990 - (29 years ago this month) - Whitney received The Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award at The Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony, held in New York City. Whitney is pictured here accepting her award. Named after one of its founders, The Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award, the award is given to artists who have been responsible for "a substantial number of hits...". At this point in her career, Whitney had only released two albums and was working on her third.
In honor of last night's Met Gala in NYC, here is Whitney at the 1999 Met Gala. She was dressed by Dolce & Gabbana for the evening. The Met Gala is a major fundraising benefit for The Metropolitan Museum in New York and is traditionally the opening celebration of The Costume Exhibit's annual fashion exhibit. The Gala is widely regarded as one of the most exclusive social events in the world.