Surprisingly (especially to those who know me) I was wide awake at 2 am this morning when the news broke that Whitney Houston had died at just 48 years old.
The Twittersphere was awash with tributes to an amazing singer and I was surprised and touched to see that unlike in the US, all the top UK Twitter trends related to the fallen star.
As I reminisced over her portfolio of songs; ‘One Moment In Time’, ‘Dance With Somebody’, ‘My Love is Your Love’. – and the most powerful of power ballads – her rendition of Dolly Parton’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ – a lump did rise in my throat as I thought about her tragic demise.
I, along with countless others in the UK had brought the single (on tape…oh yes…it was back in the day!!). The song reigned supreme and was number 1 in the UK official top 40 for 10 triumphant weeks, setting the record for the longest run at the top by a solo female artist in the history of the British singles chart. Houston’s single was also a massive international success, peaking at number one of the singles charts in almost all countries, selling 4,591,000 copies in the US. The single also hit pole position for ten weeks in Australia, five weeks in Austria, seven weeks for Belgium, eight weeks in France, six weeks in Germany, eight weeks in Ireland, two weeks in Italy, six weeks in Netherlands, 11 weeks in New Zealand, nine weeks in Norway, six weeks in Sweden and eight weeks in Switzerland (thanks Wikipedia!).
On the B-side of the single was this song.
Take a listen – it speaks for itself.
Irrespective of what happens in this life, we are loved.
Whitney. In a class of her own.