One of the greatest singing voices and vocal talents of our time is gone…
Whitney Houston was found dead in her Beverly Hills Hotel room tonight, by her on again, off again boyfriend, the singer Ray J. Many feel, as do I, that Houston was the all time best female vocalist of our time along with Barbra Streisand.
It’s no secret that Whitney battled hard core cocaine abuse for the last two decades.
Houston’s massive career was shot down in the 1990’s by the drugs. She twice went to rehab and declared herself drug free as late as 2010. Many blame her former husband Bobby Brown for the daily coke use. Evidence also pointed to her using the ‘pipe," smoking it as well. Houston told Oprah that she used every day after work, and said her life was a "nightmare."
Such a sad story. What a tragic loss and waste of such a wonderful American Talent.
Houston will be best remembered for her many smash hits including "I Will Always Love You" from the hit film, The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner. And who can forget her best-ever version of the Star Spangled Banner at the 1991 Super Bowl that was so fantastic. It too became a hit single for Houston.
Whitney tried a comeback in 2009 with a platinum album, "I Look To You." But it all went bad with her messed up interview and attempt at singing the song live on "Good Morning America." Houston blamed her voice that morning on her previous interviews weakening her voice. Everyone knew she was jacked on drugs. She looked pretty awful the last few months as recent photos reveal.
Whitney had it all – looks, talent, one of the greatest voices in music history. But she lacked one thing, true love.
She was a sad and wounded woman her entire adult life. Hearing she had passed choked me up. To this day, I often listen to her songs.
She will be badly missed, and that includes by me.