Whitney Houston the inspiration behind The Bodyguard the musical
The Bodyguard the musical at the Adelphi theatre in London is based on the 1992 film The Bodyguard starring Whitney Houston in her first major screen role as Rachel Marron and Kevin Costner as bodyguard, Frank Farmer.
The show in London features 16 of Whiney Houston’s greatest hits including the iconic ‘I Will Always Love You’.
Other Whitney Houston classic songs include:
• “Queen of the Night”
• “I’m Your Baby Tonight”
• “Oh Yes”
• “Saving All My Love”
• “So Emotional”
• “Run To You”
• “How Will I Know”
• “I Have Nothing”
• “All the Man That I Need”
• “I’m Every Woman”
• “All At Once”
• “Jesus Loves Me”
• “One Moment In Time”
• “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”
Whitney Houston was born in the U.S. in 1963 and sadly died a premature death on 11th February 11, 2012.
She found fame as a recording artist, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Whitney Houston became one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 200 million records worldwide.
Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston, along with cousins Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick, godmother Darlene Love and aunt Aretha Franklin were all notable figures in the gospel, rhythm and blues and soul genres.
At the age of 11, Whitney started performing as a soloist at her junior gospel choir, where she also learned to play the piano.
In 1977, at age 14, she was a backing singer on the Michael Zager Band’s single “Life’s a Party”. The following year Whitney was a backing singer on Chaka Khan’s hit single “I’m Every Woman”, a song she would later turn into a larger hit for herself on her monster-selling The Bodyguard soundtrack album. She also sang back-up on albums by Lou Rawls and Jermaine Jackson.
In the early 80s, Whitney started working as a fashion model and appeared as the first black woman on the cover of the magazine Seventeen. She was also featured in the pages of Glamour and Cosmopolitan and became one of the most sought after teen models.
Whitney Houston – the start of her recording career
After recording a few tracks as a backing singer Whitney Houston signed with Arista records in 1983. She first recorded a duet with Teddy Pendergrass entitled “Hold Me” which appeared on his album, Love Language. The single was released in 1984 and gave Whitney her first taste of success, becoming a Top 5 R&B hit. It would also appear on her debut album in 1985.
Whitney Houston – the rise to superstardom
With her debut album called simply Whitney Houston in 1985, the single “You Give Good Love” gave Whitney Houston her first U.S. hit.
The follow-up single “Saving All My Love for You” became Whitney’s first no. 1 hit both in the U.S. and the U.K. The third U.S. single, “How Will I Know”, also made it to no. 1 and is a song featured in the show The Bodyguard the musical.
By 1986, a year after its initial release, Whitney Houston topped the Billboard 200 albums chart and stayed there for 14 non-consecutive weeks, also becoming a huge international hit. The final single released from the album, “Greatest Love of All”, became Houston’s biggest hit at the time after peaking No. 1 and remaining there for three weeks.
Following on from the success of the album, which sold 25 million copies worldwide, Whitney then embarked on her first world tour.
Whitney’s second album in 1987, entitled simply Whitney (1987) became the first album by a female artist to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart as well as in the U.K.
The album’s first single, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, was also a massive hit worldwide, peaking at No. 1 in Australia, Germany, the U.S. and the UK. The song provides a fantastic upbeat finale number in The Bodyguard show.
The next three singles were similarly all no. 1 hits, “Didn’t We Almost Have It All”, “So Emotional”, and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”.
Whitney Houston is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits, beating both The Beatles and The Bee Gees who had six.
She is the second artist behind Elton John and the only female artist to have two number-one Billboard 200 Album awards.
In 1988 Whitney released “One Moment in Time”, which became a no. 1 hit in the U.K.
Whitney’s third album, I’m Your Baby Tonight, was released in 1990. The album contains several hit singles. The first two, “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and “All the Man That I Need” both reached no. 1 in the U.S. and both feature in The Bodyguard the musial.
Whitney Houston – The Bodyguard
Her first acting role was as the star of the film The Bodyguard in 1992. The film’s original soundtrack won the 1994 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
The Bodyguard film was a huge commercial success, grossing more than $121 million in the U.S. and $410 million worldwide, making it one of the top 100 grossing films in film history at the time.
The Bodyguard’s soundtrack also enjoyed massive success. Whitney Houston was executive producer and contributed six songs for the Bodyguard soundtrack album. The lead single, “I Will Always Love You”, written and originally recorded by Dolly Parton in 1974, became Whitney Houston’s signature tune. The single had a record-breaking 14 week run at no. 1 in the U.S. and becoming the best-selling single by a female artist.
The song became a global success becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time with 12 million copies sold.
The follow-up singles “I’m Every Woman” and “I Have Nothing” both reaching the top five, Houston became the first female artist to ever have three singles in the Top 11 simultaneously.
With the Bodyguard album, Whitney Houston became the first act to sell more than a million copies of an album within a single week. The Bodyguard soundtrack album is listed at number 4 in the list of the best-selling albums of all time, making Whitney Houston the top female artist.
Whitney Houston – later films and albums and the tragic end
Whitney Houston had starring roles in other movies, including: Waiting to Exhale (1995) and The Preacher’s Wife (1996). The Preacher’s Wife soundtrack became the best-selling gospel album in history.
Waiting to Exhale was also released as a soundtrack album.
In 1998 Whitney Houston released her first studio album in eight years, My Love Is Your Love. The album produced several hit singles, including: “When You Believe”, “The Prince of Egypt”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay”, “My Love Is Your Love” and “I Learned from the Best”.
By the late 1990s Whitney Houston began having behaviour and personal problems. She was often hours late for interviews, photo shoots and rehearsals. Concerts were cancelled amid rumours of dramatic weight loss and drug fuelled excesses.
However, despite these issues in 2001, Whitney Houston signed the biggest record deal in music history when she renewed her contract for $100 million to deliver six new albums.
Further dramatic weight loss was blamed on stress. Later in 2002 in a T.V. interview Whitney Houston admitted using cocaine.
Whitney Houston went on to release her fifth studio album, Just Whitney…. at the end of 2002. Then in 2003 the Christmas album One Wish: The Holiday Album, with a collection of traditional holiday songs.
In 2006 following a series of well publicised disputes Whitney Houston got divorced from husband Bobby Brown.
Whitney Houston released her new album, I Look to You, in 2009. Her first number one album since The Bodyguard.
On the 11th February2012, Whitney Houston was found dead in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in California. Subsequent toxicology reports showed that she had accidentally drowned in the bathtub due to the effects of chronic cocaine use and heart disease.
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