On August 9, 1963 one of the greatest singers the world has ever known was born. Today, Whitney Houston would have been 53-years-old.
Whitney was one of music’s best-selling artists of all time, selling an estimated 170-200 million records. Astounding. To this day, she is the only person to ever release seven consecutive songs to reach the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Nobody has come close to touching that.
She also had an amazing film career, starring in movies like Waiting To Exhale and, of course,The Bodyguard. “The Bodyguard — The Musical” continues to tour. Deborah Cox will be channeling Whitney Houston as Rachel Marron. With her iconic turn in the latter, Whitney also composed the soundtrack; “I Will Always Love You,” her seminal hit, is the best-selling song by a woman in music history. The soundtrack made Whitney the first artist to sell over a million copies of an album within a week. Additionally, the album was the #4 best-selling of all time; Whitney’s on that list as the top female artist.
The superstar died on February 11, 2012.
Her legacy includes 31 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, seven Grammys, two Emmys and countless other awards and nominations. Her tombstone reads, “I Will Always Love You,” as an homage to one of her most famous songs. The “Greatest Love Of All” singer’s talent will live on in music and film history for decades to come.