Seventeen years ago this week (September 10, 2000), Whitney’s duet with Enrique Iglesias titled “Could I Have This Kiss Forever” was released. The song was written by hit songwriter Diane Warren (who also wrote Whitney’s hits “I Learned From The Best” and “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” amongst others) and produced by David Foster (who produced “I Will Always Love You” and others). The video was directed by Francis Lawrence, who went on to fame as the director of The Hunger Games.
I Look To You, Whitney’s seventh and final studio album, was released eight years ago this week (first released on August 28, 2009 through Sony Music in Europe and then on August 31, 2009 through Arista Records in the U.S.). It was Whitney’s first studio album since 2003’s One Wish and it spawned two official singles – the title track and “Million Dollar Bill.” Here is Whitney at the “listening party” for the album in Beverly Hills, California on July 23, 2009. You can see Clive Davis in the background as they both spoke about the album at this event.
Twenty years ago today, Whitney sang “One Moment In Time” at the historic opening of Arthur Ashe Stadium in Forest Hills, New York. The stadium is iconic and is home to the US Open Tennis Championships. Several famous tennis players are featured in this video.
Five years ago this week (August 17, 2012), Whitney’s last film Sparkle was released in the U.S. This is a project that was close to Whitney’s heart for years and she finally got to star in and produce this remake of the 1976 film. Here she is pictured with American Idol winner, Jordin Sparks, who played the title character and one of her three daughters in the film. It featured some of the original music by Curtis Mayfield, along with new music by R. Kelly. The film was postponed from its original release date due to Whitney’s passing.
Whitney being photographed in 1984 by Tony Costa for People Magazine.