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Hard to believe but it was 31 years ago today (April 23, 1988) that Whitney Houston's hit song "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" hit Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This accomplishment marked a HUGE milestone for Whitney as it was her record breaking seventh consecutive number one single. That record still stands today. Everyone knows how much Whitney loved Nelson Mandela - here she is singing the song and dedicating it to him at his 70th Birthday celebration at Wembley Stadium in London in June '88.
Whitney's duet with Stevie Wonder, titled "We Didn't Know", was the sixth and final single from her "I'm Your Baby Tonight" album and was released on April 14, 1992 (27 years ago). Written and produced by Stevie Wonder, "We Didn't Know" was an R&B only release in the US where it would peak at No.20 on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart.
On April 12, 2003 (16 years ago today), Whitney's song "Try It On My Own" (sometimes known as On My Own) hit #1 on the Billboard/Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. The song was the third single from her "Just Whitney" album and was written by Babyface, Carole Bayer Sager, Aleese Simmons, Jason Edmonds, and Nathan Walton and produced by Babyface. Whitney performed the song on an episode of the TV series "Boston Public", which aired in May 2003. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA9mmz508Ro&feature=youtu.be
Today - April 10 - is Babyface's Birthday! This is a rare photo from one of Clive Davis's Grammy Parties in early 1996 at The Beverly Hills Hotel - Clive had asked many of the performers (and Babyface) on the Waiting To Exhale album who were there that night up on to the stage. In addition to Whitney and Babyface and others, you can also see Chaka and Mary J. Blige in the shot. Happy Birthday Babyface!
On April 9, 1994 (25 years ago today), Whitney performed at Sting and Trudie Styler's annual Rainforest Foundation Benefit concert at Carnegie Hall in New York. Other performers that night included James Taylor, Elton John, Sting and Luciano Pavarotti. Whitney performed "I Will Always Love You", "If It's Magic" and this wonderful portion of the opera classic "La Donna e Mobile" from Verdi's Rigoletto. Here is a clip of Whitney singing opera!
Here's a moment from Whitney performing in London during 'The Moment of Truth' World Tour in spring of 1988. This was Whitney's second worldwide tour - it started in July 1987 in the U.S. and continued through Europe and Asia where it ended in late November 1988. The tour was in support of her album "Whitney".
On March 31, 1991, Whitney performed her first ever solo televised concert "Welcome Home Heroes", which was broadcast live from The Naval Air Station in Norfolk, Virginia. The show was held for 3,500 service men and women returning from The Gulf War, which was known as Desert Storm at the time. Because there were "more troops than seats", many soldiers were invited to the dress rehearsal. The night of the broadcast, HBO agreed to unscramble their signal allowing the show to be available to over 50 million cable households!! The show won a Cable ACE Award for "Performance Music Special". The special was directed by British director David Mallet who had worked with Bowie and Queen, amongst others. Here's a fun clip of Whitney performing "Who Do You Love" from that special night.
On March 25, 2000 (19 years ago today), "I Learned From The Best" peaked at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was written by Diane Warren and was the fifth and final single from the multi-platinum album "My Love Is Your Love". Dance remixes by Hex Hector and Junior Vasquez topped the dance charts for 3 weeks. The video was filmed in Cologne, Germany while Whitney was on tour and directed by Kevin Bray, one of her favorite video directors to work with.
On March 22, 1997 (22 years ago today), Whitney's single "Step By Step" peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. Originally written and recorded by Annie Lennox, it was a crossover hit for Whitney and was the second single from "The Preacher's Wife" soundtrack. Annie sings background vocals on the Whitney version. Here is Whitney performing the song at her Classic Whitney HBO Show in Washington, D.C. in October of that year.
On March 20, 1999 (20 years ago today), "Heartbreak Hotel", Whitney's song with Faith Evans and Kelly Price, peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was the second single from Whitney's "My Love Is Your Love" album. It had peaked at #1 on the R&B Hip Hop Charts a little over a month earlier. The song received 2 GRAMMY nominations and the video was nominated for Best R&B Video at the 1999 Video Music Awards.
On March 18, 1986 (33 years ago today), Arista Records released Whitney's version of "Greatest Love Of All" as a single (Written by Michael Masser and Linda Creed, George Benson had originally recorded it in 1977 for the film "The Greatest", the biopic of boxer Muhammad Ali). Some people don't know that Whitney's recording originally was released as the B-side of "You Give Good Love" in February 1985. At any rate, nine years after Benson's version, it became the final single off her debut album and a major hit, topping the charts in many countries including the U.S., where it spent 3 weeks at Number One on the Billboard Hot 100. It remains Whitney's 3rd biggest hit after "I Will Always Love You" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" and Whitney often said it was her favorite song. The video was filmed at the iconic Apollo Theater in New York City's Harlem neighborhood.
On March 17, 1990 (29 years ago), Arista Records held their 15th Anniversary Concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, which was also a benefit for AIDS. Many of the label's current artists at the time performed including Whitney, Barry Manilow, Carly Simon, and Dionne Warwick. Here are Whitney and Dionne performing "That's What Friends Are For" from that night.
On March 14, 1991, Whitney began her "I'm Your Baby Tonight World Tour" at Yokohama Arena in Japan. The tour would continue for most of 1991 playing dates in the U.S, that spring and summer and ending in Paris in early October of that year. This was in support of the album by the same name and, on this tour, Whitney expanded her staging from previous tours. (📸: Marc Bryan-Brown)