Peak UK Chart Position: #10 in June 1988.
This was Whitney Houston’s ninth UK single release, with both that fact and that it was as late as 1988 coming as a bit of a surprise to me. Her first single in the UK actually failed to make any impact – “You Give Good Love” making a lowly number 93 in 1985, prior to “Saving All My Love For You” being number one both sides of the Atlantic just a few months later.
First cousin of singers Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick, Houston was born on this day in 1963. She also had Darlene Love as a godmother and Aretha Franklin as an honorary aunt. She has sold an estimated 170-200 million records worldwide. In total, she had seventeen UK top ten hits, which included the longest running number one by a female solo artist in “I Will Always Love You” – managing ten weeks at the top across 1992 and 1993, and in the process becoming the biggest seller of ’92 and the tenth biggest seller of ’93.
Houston died on 11th February 2012, after accidentally drowning in a hotel bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributory factors.
Here, we go back to 31st July 1987, with a performance (according to the uploader) at the “Special Olympics Summer Games Opening Ceremony at Notre Dame & South Bend Indiana USA”.