I remember the first time I ever heard Whitney Houston on the radio. I was just back to Los Angeles, after having lived for a few years in the Portland, Oregon area. I was driving up Laurel Canyon in my Honda Quaalude (LOL), with the moon-roof open, and "Saving All My Love For You" came on. I got chills and the hair on my arms just stood up. That voice was just unbelievably unique.
Her follow-up hit, "How Will I Know" was pop and bouncy, and I truly loved the song, especially dancing to it.
I totally enjoyed, as well, her followup album, which included "I Wanna Dance With Somebody."
Of course, one of her biggest hits was an old Dolly Parton song, which I actually enjoyed Dolly's version when she had recorded it, but Whitney's version is by far, a standard.
To me, her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at the Superbowl halftime show, during the Gulf War, was the version for all to aspire to.
Rest in peace, baby. Your life somehow had the demons, and you have left us way to soon.