Whitney had been scheduled to attend the annual pre-Grammy party of music mogul Clive Davis, who discovered her, tonight and had attended rehearsals for the event earlier this week. In addition to her six Grammys, Houston also won two Emmys and 22 American Music Awards. Her rendition of the national anthem at the Super Bowl in 1991 is often considered the standard by which other versions are judged. In recent years, Houston was more known for her tumultuous personal life and struggles with addiction.
Whitney, the daughter of gospel singer Cissy Houston - who performed with Elvis in 1969 as part of the Sweet Inspirations - and cousin of singer Dionne Warwick, was known for her string of hits in the Eighties and Nineties, including The Greatest Love of All, I Will Always Love You, How Will I Know and I'm Every Woman. She also had an acting career, appearing in 'The Bodyguard' and 'Waiting to Exhale'. Whitney met Elvis once, when she attended rehearsals with her mother at the International Hotel in Las Vegas.
Whitney on Elvis: 'You don't actually MEET Elvis, you just have to LOOK at Elvis. We were sitting in a room backstage and Elvis walked in with his mink (real fur), glasses on, and I just looked at him and could not say anything. He was amazing to look at, and it was a moment I would never forget'.
Actually her mother, Cissy, was the cause of one of Elvis' most famous recordings, the 'laughing version' of 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?'. It was during Cissy Houston's soprano obbligato on 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' that Elvis started laughing at the mid-night show on August 26, 1969.
Cissy Houston was a member of Elvis' group and we can only think of her and the family during this time.