Whitney Houston R.I.P.

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still reeling.

Raymond Cummings, Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeesh, the whole thing about jeering at sick celebrities (I admit following some of them some of the time with a...usually...non-jeering "curiosity", not that wholesome in itself).Easy to fuck up when you know people are expecting you to, taking it for granted and/or counting on it, as several comedians and gossip sites were when she and Bobby were peaking/bottoming out.

dow, Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

how is not even one station in san diego playing whitney, wtf man, wtf

it's not right but it's ok. RIP.

the late great, Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

she was like the FM soundtrack to elementary school - more so than any other artist. so this is hella surreal.

Raymond Cummings, Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

can't imagine the response when Madonna dies.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

My Whitney singles:

Saving All My Love
The Greatest Love Of All
How Will I Know
I'm Your Baby Tonight
It's Not Right But It's Okay
My Love Is Your Love

Grudging respect to I'm Every Woman as well

I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

On Thursday, Houston dropped by the rehearsals to offer vocal tips for Brandy and Monica, who were slated to be one of the evening’s headliners.

Press, including The Times, were in attendance for a junket with the reunited R&B divas and Davis. Though Houston greeted people her with a warm smile, she appeared disheveled in mismatched clothes and hair that was dripping wet with either sweat or water.

The visibly bloated singer displayed erratic behavior throughout the afternoon -- flailing her hands frenetically as she spoke to Brandy and Monica, skipping around the ballroom in a child-like fashion and wandering aimlessly about the lobby. It was mentioned by a Grammy staffer that security personnel received calls of the singer doing handstands by the pool.

After leaving rehearsals, Houston returned to the ballroom -- with her teenage daughter Bobbi Kristina in tow -- as camera crews set up for interviews. The singer smelled of alcohol and cigarettes. A Grammy staffer said that during the interviews with Brandy, Monica and Clive, Houston was dancing just off camera to make the singers and Davis laugh. Grammy personnel expressed concern that she'd be caught on camera, and that reporters would write about her behavior.

Finally her daughter pulled Houston out of the room, and the singer skipped off. In our post of the event, we called Houston's behavior "loose and lively."

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2012/02/whitney-houston-dead-erratic-behavior.html

buzza, Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

The big four of 80s pop were MJ, Whitney, Madonna and Prince. We're down to half of them now. (George Michael would arguably be the fifth, and we almost lost him last year.)

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Also respect to My Name Is Not Susan

I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

i wasn't sure whether i liked that song or just salt 'n pepa's reference of it on "whatta man," but it turns out i do, in fact, like it.

horseshoe, Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wow that story gave me huge "Where are the RECEIPTS?" vibes

I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

that Diane Sawyer interview is one of my favorite things ever. So many quotables.

Peace (peaceful) (The Brainwasher), Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

6 studio albums. and the soundtracks. a holiday album. and one of the biggest selling artists ever. she didn't exactly crank stuff out, but it didn't matter. she was just massive.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitney_Houston_chart_records_and_achievements

scott seward, Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

like massively massive.

scott seward, Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

200 million records or something like that.

scott seward, Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

i know everyone knows that, but just in case someone forgot for a minute...

scott seward, Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

it is weird how i kind of forgot how massive the soundtrack to Waiting to Exhale was. that weirdo "shoop" song where almost nothing happened.

horseshoe, Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

The big four of 80s pop were MJ, Whitney, Madonna and Prince. We're down to half of them now. (George Michael would arguably be the fifth, and we almost lost him last year.)

The weird consolation I guess is that no one will sell like they did ever again

Master of Treacle, Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

no big 4 would be complete without mariah, and i just can't imagine how i would feel in this situation. my heart goes out to all the whitney fans who's lives were changed by her music.

surm, Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

filmed where i work!!!!

surm, Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

how i will remember her: summer of 1985, after her first album, opening for jeffrey osborne on the pier in nyc. she came out in a floral print dress, very unassmuing, no superstar trappings yet, opened her mouth and SANG.

everybody was blown away. RIP.

demolition with discretion (m coleman), Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

geeta, Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

And we have Grammy tribute:

http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/66502545.html

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 12 February 2012 05:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

The big four of 80s pop were MJ, Whitney, Madonna and Prince. We're down to half of them now. (George Michael would arguably be the fifth, and we almost lost him last year.)

for whatever reason, wanna add brooce to this roster. figure he's in for the long haul.

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Sunday, 12 February 2012 06:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

Clive's party is still happening!

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/entertainment/post/2012/02/live-clive-davis-pre-grammy-party-continues-as-planned/1

An emotion Clive Davis came onstage at 9:38 p.m. PT.

"I don't have to mask my emotions. I do have a very heavy heart. I am personally devastated. She was so looking forward to tonight," he said. (She was not scheduled to perform, only attend.)

"My heart goes out to her daughter Bobbi Christina and her mother Cissy." Davis talked about the party-goers as Houston's extended family. "Whitney was a beautiful person and she had a talent beyond compare. She graced this stage with her regal talent so many times. So, simply put, Whitney would have wanted the music to go on."

He dedicated the evening to Houston and said the gala went on with the blessing of her family. "Now, ladies and gentlemen, let the music begin."

Tony Bennett came on stage and said, "First, Michael Jackson, then Amy Winehouse and now Whitney Houston. I'd like to have every gentleman and lady in this room to get the government to legalize drugs."

da croupier, Sunday, 12 February 2012 06:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Tony Bennett came on stage and said, "First, Michael Jackson, then Amy Winehouse and now Whitney Houston. I'd like to have every gentleman and lady in this room to get the government to legalize drugs."

hmmm

textile in thighville (get bent), Sunday, 12 February 2012 06:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

never mind that mj died from "legal" drugs anyway (thanks, conrad murray).

textile in thighville (get bent), Sunday, 12 February 2012 06:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

I kinda assume that when Clive Davis dies he has a squad of goons at the ready to make sure he's properly mourned or else.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 12 February 2012 06:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

s.clover, Sunday, 12 February 2012 06:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

never mind that mj died from "legal" drugs anyway (thanks, conrad murray).

and amy winehouse died from getting off alcohol too quickly. Not sure drug legalization would have kept any of these people from becoming addicts.

da croupier, Sunday, 12 February 2012 06:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

that said if tony wants to campaign for legalizing pot i'm for it

da croupier, Sunday, 12 February 2012 06:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

Damn, didn't know she sang backup on (Chaka's) "I'm Every Woman" until just now.

This is really sad. RIP

Race Against Rockism (Myonga Vön Bontee), Sunday, 12 February 2012 06:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

when people vanish behind a veil of something, you sort of lose sight of them in the moment, but keep waiting for them to emerge as something else. and you hope it won't be like this. RIP, whitney.

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Sunday, 12 February 2012 07:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Loved the voice, hated 90% of the material. I also think I projected too much of her negative influence on so much 90s pop (as someone noted above) onto Whitney herself at the time.

That said, I'd been sorta hoping for a quote-unquote respectable career resuscitation over the last cople years. Give her a nice stripped down production and some songs tailor made for her by, say, Cee Lo or Raphael Saadiq along with some choice covers---not saying it would have been amazing, but certainly interesting.

I Fucked Up (jer.fairall), Sunday, 12 February 2012 07:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

her voice was gone, though.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Sunday, 12 February 2012 07:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

reminds me of charlie louvin. he had a brief career resurrection before he died but unfortunately the chief selling point of the louvin bros and his earlier solo work was his high, pure voice, which had been almost completely devastated by old age. so listening to those records was as much sad as inspiring for me.

houston's voice hadn't degenerated that bad, but it lost about everything that had given it its unique character, and she had taken to speak-singing and using autotune to obscure the flaws.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Sunday, 12 February 2012 07:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

Million dollar bill was a really great track.

s.clover, Sunday, 12 February 2012 07:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is so fucked up. Was at a bar when I heard and people were cracking really cruel jokes, but that's New Hampshire I guess. Fuck this state.

wolf cola, everyone (thewufs), Sunday, 12 February 2012 07:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

no that's "bars"

plee help i am lookin for (crüt), Sunday, 12 February 2012 07:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh shit :( horrible horrible news to wake up to.

my favourite whitney songs were her late 90s comeback ones, but "i will always love you" was my first memory of being completely awestruck by the power of a voice.

mark sinker's essay on it last year was pretty incredible - http://freakytrigger.co.uk/ft/2011/11/i-am-the-0-00000001-percent/

first period don't give a fuck, second period gon get cut (lex pretend), Sunday, 12 February 2012 08:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

youtube autocorrect already suggests "whitney houston dead" :(

first period don't give a fuck, second period gon get cut (lex pretend), Sunday, 12 February 2012 08:07 (2 years ago) Permalink


dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Sunday, 12 February 2012 08:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

RIP Whitney

dayove cool (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 12 February 2012 08:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

RIP

White 'Poop' Jesus (snoball), Sunday, 12 February 2012 09:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

really sad news to wake up to. RIP :(

marcus junius ubiquitus (c sharp major), Sunday, 12 February 2012 09:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

James Mitchell, Sunday, 12 February 2012 10:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

"How Will I Know" is probably my ultimate favourite, but I love all of the big songs from The Bodyguard, esp. "I Have Nothing". I don't care how schlocky it is. It's like a tidal wave.

RIP Whitney.

Tim F, Sunday, 12 February 2012 11:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

;_; RIP

lag∞n affiliated (The Reverend), Sunday, 12 February 2012 11:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

'tidal wave', 'massively massive' indeed...

:-(

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 12 February 2012 12:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

That 98/99 Whitney comeback was really great - certainly better than the Bodyguard balladosaurus era. 80s dancepop Whitney forever though. RIP.

Matt DC, Sunday, 12 February 2012 12:19 (2 years ago) Permalink


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