memories of the ’80s – Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston (album).jpgIn the mid 1980s, the self-titled debut of a powerful female voice was released: Whitney Houston.

Produced by several powerhouses including Jermaine Jackson, Michael Massir, Kashif and Narada Michael Walden, Houston had been signed to a record deal by Arista Records President Clive Davis when she was 19.

The first single released from the album was You Give Good Love at the same time as the album on February 14, 1985. The soulful ballad climbed the Billboard Hot Black Singles charts to number one, and then crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100 where it hit number three.

Saving All My Love For You was the second single, and gained Houston more notice with this jazz-influenced single and hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The song went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1986.

The album would ultimately produce four hit songs, including How Will I Know and The Greatest Love of All, and become the first debut album by a female solo artist to have three number one singles.

With Greatest Love of All, this would be the first time since 1981 that an artist had a number one single and album on the Billboard charts at the same time.

Houston would perform Saving All My Love for You at the Grammys, and would be presented with her award by her cousin Dionne Warwick and Julian Lennon, overshadowing the controversy of not being nominated for Best New Artist in 1986.

Listen to Whitney perform Saving All My Love for You here.

About Waheeda Harris

A pop culture junkie with a penchant for exploring our planet.
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