Oh, Whitney, we didn’t want you to go!

Anyone who was a fan of Whitney Houston and her music is still feeling sad. She rose so quickly to amazing fame. We loved watching and being a part of such magnificence. Her voice was a gift..truly..clear, precise, strong, so beautiful. She was vulnerable, sweet and from what I understand, it sounds as if she truly loved her strong religious upbringing. She got lost…unfortunately as so many do, not just those with fame and fortune…addictions can be deadly…they are fierce to fight off. At this point it is  clear that people die every day from drugs that are prescribed and taken along with something else. The estimate I heard the other day said that 100 people die every day from prescriptions taken incorrectly. So be careful, folks.

I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t ready to see Whitney leave us so soon. I found great comfort and enjoyment hearing so much of her music in recent days.  I remember a time when I was not familiar with who Whitney Houston was…it was 1985 and my soon-to-16 year-old daughter called me at work. “Whitney Houston is performing at the Tower tonight.”Who is Whitney Houston?” Well, you get the idea…of course I left work early to be at the box office when they opened…

Here is my daughter’s description on Facebook:

“I saw Whitney at a little theater in 69th street in Philly on her first tour in 1985 with my mom, Jess and Jess’s friend.  She was amazing, dressed in a peach skirt suit, so low key and gorgeous and her voice blew the roof off the place.  There were so many standing ovations for this young up and comer.  The theater probably had a capacity under 1,000 and we were probably 10th row.   I remember she had family members singing backup on her first tour.  She was such a pure talent.”

and I will add to that…there was no glitz and glamour yet. She had the audience in the palm of her hand. I had  no expectation since I did not know anything about her or her talent, but I remember her taking the audience from a high note, down, down, down, each of us following her notes as if we were almost hypnotized. We were in awe…I was aware at how skilled she was…we were hers…

Here’s a glimpse of what her day was like before that amazing performance.

December 09, 1985  By Mary Shaughnessy

  • Whitney Houston climbs out of her black stretch limo and strides into the hilltop headquarters of Philadelphia’s WUSL at 4:40 p.m., right on time for her fourth live radio interview since 2 that afternoon, her 250th since June. Sporting a loose-fitting brown leather jacket, pegged jeans and dark glasses, a garland of black curls framing her delicately featured face, the rangy 5’8″ former model personifies casual elegance: a 22-year-old Nefertiti who carries herself with frightening self-assurance.
    Deejay Jeff Wyatt rises from his control board to greet Whitney. “You know, I coulda been a rich man if I accepted all the bribes from the guys wanting to be in this room today,” he wisecracks. The corners of her mouth hardly form a smile. This is a woman quite accustomed to—though still embarrassed by—male adoration. During the 15-minute interview interspersed with her hits Saving All My Love For You, Thinking About You and Hold Me (a duet with Teddy Pendergrass), they will touch on the manifestations of her meteoric rise this year: dates on three network talk shows, recorded duets with Pendergrass and Jermaine Jackson, appearances on Gimme a Break and Silver Spoons, and her self-titled debut LP, which has sold more than 2.5 million copies. Her sold-out Carnegie Hall performances last month attracted Eddie Murphy, Daryl Hannah, comic Howie Mandel, Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, among others. Even New York Mayor Ed Koch showed up to see what all the fuss was about. (He got booed by some in the crowd, and the singer who once wanted to be a teacher told them that wasn’t nice.)
    After posing for pictures with radio station brass, Whitney heads for the hotel, digging into a brown-bag dinner of deli sandwiches, barbecue chips and soft drinks. With Whitney due to perform at Philly’s Tower Theater in less than three hours, there’s no time for a classier repast. A typical day in the life of this rising star.

Here are some other  links with 1985 TV performances of Whitney and The Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA below…

see Whitney Houston’s 1985 debut on ‘The Tonight Show  on April 4, 1985.

see her perform on David Letterman’s show.

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/52   here’s a link for The Tower

We have lost a love of our own…here’s One Moment in Time at the Grammy’s 2009:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYFHAvULvJ0

RIP, Whitney…

This is MeddlingMom…have a wonderful day….support the arts!

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2 Responses to “Oh, Whitney, we didn’t want you to go!”

  1. Heather Lenore Says:

    GREAT ARTICLE ON WHITNEY HOUSTON. FEEL SOO BAD FOR THE DAUGHTER SHE LEFT BEHIND. I WASN’T REALLY INTO HER MUSIC, BUTSHE DID HAVE A GREAT VOICE AND I AM SURE WILL BE MISSED BY SOO MANY WHO LOVED HER MUSIC. IT IS SO EASY TO GET LOST AND HUNG UP IN THE DRUG SCENE, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE SO POPULAR!! BOTH OF MY BROTHERS (ONE GONE NOW) AND THE OTHER A DRUG ADDICT IN COLUMBUS I THINK WERE JUST LOST AS KIDS AND TOOK THE WRONG TURN!! I AM SURE EVERYBODY WHO LOVED WHITNEY WILL BE WAITING PATIENTLY FOR HER MOVIE “SPARKLE” TO COME OUT. HEATHER

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