Houstons Hour

  • A Star is Born

    A Star is Born
    Whitney Elizabeth Houston is born in Newark, New Jersey to mother Cissy Houston, a noted gospel singer, and Army serviceman and entertainment exec John Russell Houston Jr.
  • Start to Fame

    Start to Fame
    At 14 Whitney becomes a backup singer on the Michael Zager Band's single "Life's a Party." But when Zager offers her a redording contract, her mother rejects the offer, wanting Whitney to finish school first.
  • Seventeeen Again

    Seventeeen Again
    he singer begins modeling after being spotted by a photographer at Carnegie Hall. Whitney is featured in Seventeen magazine, becoming one of the first women of color to grace the mag's cover.
  • The Rest is History

    The Rest is History
    A&r head Clive Davis offers Houston a worldwide recording contract.
  • How Did we Know?

    How Did we Know?
    Her single "How Will I Know" hits number one and its video introduces Houston to the MTV generation—making her the first African-American female artist to receive consistent heavy rotation on MTV.
  • Star Spangled

    Star Spangled
    Houston performs "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XXV. Due to the success of her rendition, it's released as a commercial single and reaches the Top 20 on the US Hot 100, making Houston the only act to turn the National Anthem into a pop hit.
  • Gettin Hitched

    Gettin Hitched
    Whitney Houston marries Bobbi Brown
  • RIP

    She died of drug overdose