As the world bids farewell to one of the greatest singers of our generation, we paid our own on-air tribute to the woman known simply as “The Voice.”
So many of us have our own memories of Whitney Houston… junior high school dances with “Saving All My Love for You” playing for our very first slow dance, singing “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” into the hairbrush in the bathroom mirror or swooning over Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard as Whitney soared in “I Will Always Love You”.
So we talked to some of the people who were touched by Whitney over the years… her real-life bodyguard, an MTV VJ who stood in her baby’s nursery, the school principal who has known her from the time she was 6-years-old and several others.
Please join us in paying tribute to the life and music of Whitney Houston through their eyes…
Hosh Gureli spent time with Whitney professionally… in the recording studio working on her mixes, bringing her to the surprise performance on the pier at the Gay Pride Parade in 1999, attending special functions with her and working closely with Clive Davis to keep her relevant right through the late ’90s til 2000, culminating in her multi-platinum Greatest Hits album.
And he shares a story of the time he tried to tell Whitney how to sing something. It turns out she was quite funny…
Beth Griffith was the stand-in for Whitney Houston on what turned out to be her final movie. Sparkle is set to be released in August. It stars Whitney, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jordin Sparks[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Cee Lo Green[/lastfm] and Mike Epps among others and follows three sisters from a successful singing group who must deal with the fallout of fame and drugs. Check out the cast HERE.
And Beth shared a special moment with Whitney on the set…
John Norris was part of MTV in Whitney’s heyday. He was an MTV News correspondent and covered Whitney throughout the years but one of the moments he remembers the most fondly looking back happened right after her daughter Bobbi Kristina was born and he paid a visit to her house…
Jody Meyers-Goldstein was in the music video “All the Man That I Need” with Whitney Houston. She’s a Jersey girl who happened to be in the right place at the right time. She was part of the choir in the video and worked with Whitney for a few days.
She remembers Whitney being a dynamic personality and one of her best memories is the day the video came out on MTV…
Mark Rizzo was an Arista Records rep and worked with Clive Davis in the ’80s and ’90s. Mark spent a lot of time over the years with Whitney and has a very distinct memory of her singing at Radio City and he shared probably one of our favorite stories about Whitney about the first time she saw herself in the movie The Bodyguard because she had a very unusual reaction…
Mike the Cop was Whitney’s real-life bodyguard. He was one of several bodyguards hired to watch over Whitney, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Chaka Khan[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]TLC[/lastfm] and the other women on the set of the video for “I’m Every Woman.”
But one incident that had him saving Whitney made him her personal bodyguard and they were close enough for her to sign a very special inscription on a picture for him and sit down at the piano to sing only to him…
Narada Michael Walden produced most of Whitney’s songs over the years. He shared his memories of recording each of Whitney’s albums and told us stories about each of his favorite songs including “I’m Every Woman” and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”…
Henry Hamilton is the principal at the school named for Whitney…the Whitney E. Houston School of Creative and Performing Arts in Newark and he remembers her as a little 6-year-old…
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