Whitney Houston Dead at 48
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.
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet.
Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.
This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.