This week in 1996 (March 4), the duet with Whitney and CeCe Winans “Count On Me” was released as the second single by Houston [the first was “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)”] from the soundtrack to Waiting To Exhale. The single peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. An uplifting song about leaning on a friend for support, it was fitting that Whitney sang the song with her real life best friend at the time. The video was filmed in New York City at the famed concert venue, Webster Hall.
The Academy Awards (Oscars) are this Sunday, March 4. Here is a photo of Whitney attending Elton John’s Oscar party on March 25, 2001 which followed the broadcast of the 73rd Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California.
“Where Do Broken Hearts Go” was the fourth single from Whitney Houston’s second album, Whitney. The ballad was released on February 25, 1988. The song was written by Frank Wildhorn and Chuck Jackson and produced by Narada Michael Walden. Initially, Houston did not want to record the song, feeling there was no special message to convey. In a 2000 interview, Houston reminisced that she “hated the song.” However, Arista Records CEO Clive Davis believed the song would go to #1 if she recorded it, so she agreed. It indeed became a #1 hit on April 23, 1988 and became Houston’s seventh consecutive #1 single in the United States – a record for consecutive #1 singles that still stands to this day. #blackhistorymonth
On February 27, 1998, at The 12th Annual Soul Train Music Awards, Whitney was honored with the “Quincy Jones Award for Outstanding Career Achievement in the Field of Entertainment.” The event was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and hosted by Patti LaBelle, Erykah Badu and Heavy D. The “Whitney Tribute” portion of show was performed by Ronald Isley (Exhale Shoop Shoop), Terry Ellis (How Will I Know), Kenny Lattimore (I Believe In You and Me) and Monica (You Give Good Love). #blackhistorymonth