Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer and actress. She is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with sales of over 200 million records worldwide. Her powerful and soulful vocal performances, as well as her prominence on the music charts, have inspired many other singers.
Houston began singing in church as a child and became a background vocalist while in high school. She was one of the first black women to appear on the cover of Seventeen magazine after becoming a teen model in 1981. With the guidance of Arista Records chairman Clive Davis, Houston signed to the label at age 19. Her first two studio albums, Whitney Houston (1985) and Whitney (1987), both peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 and are among the best-selling albums of all time. She is the only artist to have seven consecutive number-one singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, from “Saving All My Love for You” in 1985 to “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” in 1988. Her third studio album, I’m Your Baby Tonight (1990), was certified quintuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and yielded two Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles: the title track “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and “All the Man That I Need”.
Houston reportedly appeared “disheveled” and “erratic” in the days immediately prior to her death. On February 9, 2012, Houston visited singers Brandy and Monica, together with Clive Davis, at their rehearsals for Davis’s pre-Grammy Awards party at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. That same day, she made her last public performance when she joined Kelly Price on stage in Hollywood, California and sang “Jesus Loves Me”.
Two days later, on February 11, Houston was found unconscious in Suite 434 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, submerged in the bathtub. Beverly Hills paramedics arrived at approximately 3:30 p.m., found Houston unresponsive, and performed CPR. Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. The cause of death was not immediately known; local police said there were “no obvious signs of criminal intent”. On March 22, 2012, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office reported that Houston’s death was caused by drowning and the “effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use”. The office stated the amount of cocaine found in Houston’s body indicated that she used the substance shortly before her death. Toxicology results revealed additional drugs in her system: diphenhydramine (Benadryl), alprazolam (Xanax), cannabis, and cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril). The manner of death was listed as an “accident”.
|1||I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)||1987|
|2||I’m Your Baby Tonight||1990|
|3||I’m Every Woman||1993|
|4||I Will Always Love You||1992|
|5||My Love Is Your Love||1999|
|6||Step by Step||1997|
|7||How Will I Know||1985|
|8||One Moment in Time||1988|
|9||When You Believe (with Mariah Carey)||1998|
|10||Exhale (Shoop Shoop)||1995|
|11||Greatest Love of All||1986|
|12||Saving All My Love for You||1985|
|13||It’s Not Right but It’s Okay||1999|
|14||Could I Have This Kiss Forever (with Enrique Iglesias)||2000|
|15||I Have Nothing||1993|
|16||All the Man That I Need||1990|
|17||Love Will Save the Day||1988|
|19||Higher Love (with Kygo)||2019|
|20||Didn’t We Almost Have It All||1987|
|21||I Learned from the Best||1999|
|23||Heartbreak Hotel (with Faith Evans and Kelly Price)||1998|
|24||Count On Me (with CeCe Winans)||1996|
|25||Run to You||1993|
|26||Queen of the Night||1993|
|27||Where Do Broken Hearts Go||1988|
|28||My Name Is Not Susan||1991|
|29||I Look to You||2009|
|30||Million Dollar Bill||2012|