When Whitney first got signed to Arista Records, Clive Davis held a few “listening parties” mainly in Los Angeles and New York so that songwriters and producers could meet Whitney and want to work with her. This photo was taken at one of those events, held at The Vine Street Club in L.A. in 1983. Pictured with Whitney is Gerry Griffith, the A&R executive who brought Whitney to Clive’s attention, and her cousin, Dionne Warwick.
Early recording photo of Whitney in the studio – from around 1983. She went on to sell over 170 million records worldwide!
Interesting article with Whitney’s former producer Narada Michael Walden in honor of 30th anniversary of Whitney’s second album:
When Whitney met Mick: Secrets of Whitney Houston’s 1987 classic ‘Whitney’
– Entertainment Weekly
Whitney Houston followed up the success of her debut album with the release of the GRAMMY award-winning Whitney album, 30 years ago today.
In May 2003, Whitney made a guest appearance on the then hit TV show Boston Public, playing herself and singing “Try It On My Own” from her Just Whitney album. In the episode, she grants the wish of a teenage boy who would like her to be his date to the prom. The series starred Whitney’s friend Loretta Devine, whom she had worked with on Waiting To Exhale.