memories of the `80s – Saving All My Love For You by Whitney Houston

whitney_houston_-_saving_all_my_love_for_youIn the mid 1980s, a young singer kicked off her career with a debut album and a hot single: Saving All My Love for You by Whitney Houston.

Signed by Clive Davis to Arista Records in 1983, Houston started working on her debut album in 1983.

The search for the right songs to fit her gospel voice was difficult, with the popularity of rock songs that were prevalent in the early 1980s.

Soon songs came from Jermaine Jackson, Narada Michael Walden and Michael Masser who wrote Saving All My Love For You, which had previously been recorded and released by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. in 1978.

With an original budget of $200,000, the album`s long production swelled the budget to double $400,000.

The second single from the album, which was released on February 14, 1985, Saving All My Love for You was released in April 1985.

It was chosen as a result of a bet between Masser and Davis, who watched the female audience reaction to the song after a performance by Houston in Los Angeles.

Entering the Billboard Hot 10o at 53, the song steadily climbed the chart, reaching the top 10 in five weeks and hitting the number one spot in October 1985, spending 15 weeks in the top 40.

The song was reviewed well by critics and won Houston her first Grammy in 1986 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, one of four nominations she received for the debut album Whitney Houston.

The first number one single by Whitney Houston, the song would become the first of seven consecutive number one singles released by an artist, a record that still holds to this day. The album was certified 13 times platinum and has sold over 25 million copies worldwide.

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