I saw Whitney Houston perfom (live) only once, years ago, here in Atlanta.
She performed at SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA one night in front of a HUGE crowd, and even then, she was a show-stopper. Billy Ocean also performed that night; with his smash hit at the time Caribbean Queen.
It would have been great to see Whitney contract to do a long-extended show in Las Vegas (the way Celene Dion has done so successfully) at Caesar's Palace. Less traveling for the artist; the crowds come to them.
This whole thing with Whitney today, is simply unbelievable.
Now, that you mentioned Billy Ocean, does he still record today? I liked his songs of "Mystery Lady" and "There'll Be Sad Songs". I know he is British.
WHOW !!! Thats stunning . . .
ARE YOU SURE Clive didn't cancel the party??
He loves Whitney, and stood by her for over (20) years.
He has been grooming her for the big comeback in recent years.
BEVERLY HILLS—Speaking before hundreds of entertainment executives,
musicians and other VIPs gathered at the Beverly Hilton hotel just hours
after the death of Whitney Houston, Clive Davis vowed that carrying on
with his annual pre-Grammy bash was the most fitting tribute he could
“She graced this stage with her regal presence so many times,” Davis
said. “Whitney would have wanted the music to go on and her family asked
us to carry on.”
Houston was Davis’s protégée. But she also arrived at a moment when
his career needed a boost, helping restore his stature by delivering the
biggest commercial successes when he needed them the most.
“I am personally devastated,” a visibly emotional Davis said.
The first two performers, Tony Bennett and Diana Krall, performed
poignant standards: “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” and “If I Had
You.” Bennett told the crowd Houston was “the greatest singer I ever
heard in my life.”
Kinks frontman Ray Davies even included a poignant note prefacing an
otherwise rocking set with a few pensive, a cappella lines from “Days.”
Later Jackson Browne joined him singing the Kinks’ classic “Waterloo
Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow said that Jennifer Hudson would
perform a musical tribute to Houston during Sunday night’s Grammy
The Academy cohosted the Saturday-night event with Davis, and Portnow
said canceling “was never an option, because you could hear Whitney on
your shoulder saying ‘Hey guys, this is showbiz; the show must go on’.”
As the evening continued, Davis went ahead with his usual routine,
pointing out stars in the crowd, including Joni Mitchell, Tom Hanks,
Neil Young, Dr. Dre, Sly Stone, John Fogerty and a disheveled-looking
Adding a macabre patina to the proceedings, Beverly Hills police said
Houston’s body continued to lie in the hotel room upstairs where she’d
been found dead shortly before 4 p.m., even as guests were filing into a
ground-floor ballroom at the same hotel. It was unclear when they
planned to release the body to the county coroner.
On hand to present Virgin Records founder Richard Branson with an
“industry icon” award, Jane Fonda acknowledged the “complicated”
circumstances presented by the events preceding the event.
For his part, Branson regaled the crowd with tales of life in the 70s
as a swashbuckling record executive: helping Keith Richards evade the
husband of a woman he was sleeping with; smoking foot-long spliffs with
Peter Tosh; and enlisting a priest to testify in the Sex Pistols’
defense during an obscenity trial.
Though the cause of Houston’s death hadn’t been established, several
speakers drew links to drugs, which the singer acknowledged struggling
with. Bennett urged the crowd to “urge our government to legalized drugs
so you can get them from a doctor, not just some gangsters.”
Branson said he was part of an organization that advocates treating drugs “as a health problem, not a criminal problem.”
Interesting . . .
From reading the article, it seems that Whitneys' family urged Clive Davis NOT to cancel the event.
What bothers me more; however, is that Whitney's body was still on sight at the hotel. I believe the "party" should have been delayed, until Whitney had been safely (and respectfully) secured and removed from the premises.
One day after the tragic death of Whitney Houston, her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown was rushed to hospital, TMZ reports.
Brown, 18, was taken out of the Beverly Hilton — the same hotel where her mother was found unconscious and pronounced dead — on a stretcher Sunday, according to a photo obtained by TMZ.
Law enforcement sources told the site that police and fire departments responded to a call for a medical emergency, but would not confirm who was transported to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
According to TMZ, this was her second trip to the hospital after her mother's passing. She went late Saturday, but not by ambulance, because she was said to be "hysterical, exhausted and inconsolable," a source tells the site.
TMZ reported on Saturday that Brown got into a verbal argument with police officers outside her mother's hotel room when she was denied access to her mother's body.
UNFORTUNATELY . . .
Whitney Houston's daughter (Bobbi Kristina) looks like her father (which will only serve to remind us how Whitney came to this moment in time, so soon).
Hopefully, she inherited some of her mother's talent, and her inner spirit.
I miss her, already.
NOTE: Initially, Whitney Houston's family had considered holding her funeral at a very large public facility (that seated eighteen thousand 18,000; in addition to holding a (public) wake, and memorial service; HOWEVER, something recently changed (I read the family was upset at the constant focus on Whitneys' past drug use; in lieu of focusing on her legacy as an entertainer, etc.; they abruptly canceled all plans for a (public) ceremony. The current funeral service is " BY INVITATION ONLY), depriving all of Whitney's fans of personal closure (in my opinion).
The following is an article published recently which outlines an alternative the family recently agreed to.
NEW YORK (AP) — Fans worldwide who want to bid Whitney Houston farewell will be able to watch her private funeral on the Internet.
Her publicist, Kristen Foster, announced that The Associated Press will be allowed a camera at the Saturday ceremony in Newark, N.J. The AP will stream the service on livestream.com/aplive . The event also will be available to broadcasters via satellite.
Houston was born in Newark. She died in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Saturday at the age of 48. Her body was flown back to her native New Jersey on Monday.
The service will be at New Hope Baptist Church, where she sang as a child. She will be buried in Fair View Cemetery in Westfield, where her father, John Russell Houston Jr., was buried in 2003.
I read that somewhere as well. It will be interesting to see which style she chooses, and how far she takes it.
I can understand their feelings; however, TRUE FANS need closure too (and Whitneys' fans are quite loyal).
Citing a family source, People
magazine reported Thursday that Kevin Costner, Houston's co-star in
the 1992 blockbuster "The Bodyguard,"
will attend and deliver a speech (Costner has yet to comment). The movie
starred Houston as a megastar who falls for her Secret Service agent, played by
Costner -— and remains one of her most beloved films. It also yielded one of
her top-selling singles ever, "I will Always
Love You." The movie grossed $400 million worldwide.
I really hope Kevin Costner attends Whitney's funeral (whether he speaks, or not). They got to know each other pretty well, during the making of "The BodyGuard".
It was reported at the time, that Costner only wanted Whitney Houston for the lead role in that film. Whitney reportedly asked Costner if she should "take acting lessons", a year in advance of the film (Costner said NO, he wanted her "just the way you are".
The movie was delayed A FULL YEAR, as Kevin Costner waited until Whitneys' tour schedule was free, so she would have time to work on the movie.
He made an excellent choice.
The rest is HISTORY.