Whitney, R.I.P.


Well, it’s another tortoise of a news day in MusicLand.  Much of it’s still about Whitney but then, she was a superstar.  So a few more words about her to close out the week.

Thinking about it, I wonder if two decades hence music historians won’t credit Whitney Houston for being a pioneer who pulled down the shutters on one era and kick-started another?  Disco queens were dying and dead by the early 80s and Agnetha and Anni-Frid (of ABBA) were on the way out when Whitney charmed the life out of us, and ushered in the age of the big-voiced, soul-inflected, love-song pop singer.  It’s not just Jennifer Hudson but, I verily believe, a good many others who have been influenced by ‘That Whitney Style.’

If you categorize modern singers by kind or type, then, whatever category you put Whitney in, you’ll find that she is the ‘firstborn’ in that category.  Music scholars and historians, your move.

Whitney Houston’s last farewell is tomorrow when she will be put to rest in Newark, New Jersey.  We know that Aretha Franklin’s her godmother and Dionne Warwick’s her cousin and they will – of course – be in attendance.  But Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Beyonce, Kevin Costner, and Bill Cosby (besides mogul Clive Davis) are expected to be present too.  That shows the esteem even her talented colleagues held Whitney in.

(Remind me someday to tell you about the afternoon Dionne Warwick ‘just walked on by’ when I was standing by the gate to Frank Sinatra’s Beverly Hills home on Foothill Road the day after his passing.)

Looking ahead to next week, Britney, Gaga, and Madamadonna, where are you? We need your antics to fill these blog posts! Puh-leez run out to your car in your undies (or knickers, as we call ‘em back in jolly old England), say something wacko or otherwise spice things up.  Else I’ll have to take the time and trouble to write something meaningful about real singers like Laura Fygi or Meredith Ambrosio.  So if you crazy gals wanna get on my blog, do something!

In Memoriam,


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