Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.
It’s so sad to hear about the death of singer Whitney Houston. She had so much talent and unfortunately got hooked on drugs which lead to her slow and steady demise. What a tragic waste. I met Whitney in the 1990s when The Bodyguard was at the top of the charts. She was performing at a benefit in Los Angeles and I was lucky enough to see her rehearsing “I Will Always Love You.” She sang several takes and each version sounded more flawless than the one before it. It’s really sad to hear that she died at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, as that is a place that holds so many great memories for me. I’ve had so many wild celebrity encounters at the Hilton – I am just in shock. I’ve also had many good times dancing to Whitney’s music including the club version of “It’s Not Right, But It’s OK,” “If I Told You That” her duet with George Michael and of course the classic “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” It’s really sad that in the last few years of her life, the public chose to focus on her mess of a life instead of the tremendous talent she possessed. Now in death, the public will remember her as a goddess of music whose voice was silenced way too soon. RIP, Whitney!