February 12, 2012, - 12:43 am
Osama Bin Laden wanted to marry her (as wife #13?) and was willing to drop his “color rule” for her. Rush Limbaugh had a thing for her (he said so on his radio show). And, today, Whitney Houston tragically died at the young age of 48 in Beverly Hills. And even just before her death, she still had the beauty of youth (as a teen, she modeled for Seventeen Magazine) and probably the voice, too. Houston originally came from a church background, singing gospel, and I will never forget how she chose to visit Israel with Bobby Brown, despite calls from many for her to boycott the Jewish State. She originally went there with the controversial “Black Hebrews” cult, but went with her then-husband and daughter to the Jordan River, where they were baptized (video at the end of this post). She and Brown also met with then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, again bucking the calls of the Israel-haters (but she refused to shake his hand – huh?).
Nice Yarmulke: Bobby, Whitney & Then-Israeli PM Ariel Sharon in the Evil Zionist Entity
Although we don’t yet know why Houston died so young and so suddenly, a life filled with drug addiction can’t be ruled out, even if she died of other causes. A life of constant illegal drug use, including cocaine and crack, catches up with you in the end. Such a tremendous, beautiful voice, such a tremendous talent, such beauty–all of it thrown away to smoke crack with Bobby Brown and have a kid with him. The victim here is their daughter, Bobbi Kristina, who–as I’ve decried on this site–was forced to be part of their disgusting-beyond-relief reality show . . . and then their real-life reality, none of it good.
One of my guilty pleasures: I was a huge Whitney fan, back in the day before she essentially became Bobby Brown’s crack whore, and many of her top hits have always been and are still part of my workout music on my Zune and iPod. Wish I could’ve seen her in concert in her prime. My favorites were “Love Will Save the Day,” “Queen of the Night,” “I’m Your Baby, Tonight,” and “My Name is Not Susan,” because people would often confuse me for my sister, Susan. My late father even liked her singing voice. Nobody can deny that powerful voice–with such range and such strength to stay in such high octaves for such long notes–was one of the greats in contemporary music. My all-time favorite Whitney Houston rendition was her Star-Spangled Banner/National Anthem delivery at the Super Bowl (during the Persian Gulf War in 1991), a version I’ve posted on this site, before, and which I post, again, below. It’s–in my opinion–the best Super Bowl national anthem rendition ever.
Whitney Houston achieved a lot in her short life. But she could have been so much more without the drugs. And she might still be with us. She was in Michigan, last year, to film the tax-subsidized movie remake, “Sparkle,” starring past “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks. It is scheduled for release in August, where bad movies are usually sent to die a quick death, so it was not likely a “comeback” film for her. But there were reports she was planning to make a comeback . . . a comeback that sadly will never happen now.
Whitney Houston, Rest In Peace.
Here are a few of my Whitney Houston faves . . .
Here is Israeli News video of Whitney Houston in Israel. Watch to the end to see Whitney, Bobby, and Bobbi Kristina baptized in the Jordan River:
What were your favorite Whitney Houston songs?
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