Cissy and Whitney singing together back in the early 80s. Whitney got her start with her Mom, singing in church and later in Cissy’s nightclub act. Thinking of Cissy on Mother’s Day, which is this Sunday in the United States.
Whitney performing on the season finale of TV show Dancing With The Stars in November 2009. She performed “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and “Million Dollar Bill.”
At some point in their careers, celebrities can be followed and photographed by paparazzi and Whitney was no exception. Here pictured is a David LaChapelle photo of Whitney from the Whitney: The Greatest Hits photo shoot where he and Whitney re-created a “paparazzi moment.”
“I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” released as a single 30 years ago today, took the dance-pop giddiness of Whitney’s first album’s signature smash, “How Will I Know,” and raised the stakes. The production (courtesy of Narada Michael Walden) is even more effervescent, the vocals stun with range, elasticity and precision, and it’s tied together with an all-timer of a chorus. The song quickly shot to No. 1 — the first of four consecutive Hot 100-toppers to be pulled from that June’s sophomore LP Whitney — and has arguably endured better today than any song from her world-conquering debut.
Billboard has put together 10 reasons why the song holds up three decades later, not only as one of Whitney’s best, but as one of the greatest pop songs of the ’80s, or any other era.
Whitney and CeCe Winans were great friends and it was fitting that they recorded the song “Count on Me” together. It is an uplifting song about leaning on a friend for support when needed. Released in early 1996, the song was the fourth single from the soundtrack album of the motion picture Waiting to Exhale, and the second single by Whitney released from that album and its soundtrack. The video was filmed in New York City at the famed venue Webster Hall, a landmark building in the East Village which dates back to the late 1800s.