1987 Whitney Houston – Whitney

houston-whitney-1987Whitney is the second studio album by American R&B/pop singer Whitney Houston, released in the United States on June 2, 1987 by Arista Records as the follow-up to her best selling debut album, Whitney Houston. The album catapulted her to international fame. Whitney was certified 9× platinum by the RIAA on November 29, 1995.

The album met the expectations of many people and was sensationally popular after its release. With this album, Houston set historic records on the charts. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart the issue of June 27, 1987, becoming the first album by a female artist, and only the fifth album by a solo artist to do so. The album remained at the top for eleven consecutive weeks, creating a record; the most cumulative weeks (25 weeks) at number one on the albums chart by a female artist during the 1980s.

Its first four singles—”I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, “Didn’t We Almost Have It All,” “So Emotional” and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”—all peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making her the first female artist to achieve that feat. Along with three straight number one singles from the debut album, they established an unprecedented seven consecutive number one hits by a performer, surpassing the Beatles and the Bee Gees. As well as in United States, the album and the first single, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” were hits worldwide, topping the charts in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and mainland Europe.

At the 30th Grammy Awards of 1988, the album received three nominations including Album of the Year, winning her second Grammy, “Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female” for “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me).”  It has been announced that it will be re-released as a special anniversary edition by Legacy Recordings alongside The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album. The album has sold over 25 million copies worldwideThemify Builder Placeholder

Tracks

I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) (George Merrill; Shannon Rubicam) 4:53
2  Just The Lonely Talking Again (Sam Dees) 5:34
3  Love Will Save The Day (Toni C) 5:25
Didn’t We Almost Have It All (Michael Masser; Will Jennings) 5:07
So Emotional (Billy Steinberg; Tom Kelly) 4:35
6  Where You Are (Dyan Humes; James Calabrese; LeMel Humes) 4:11
7  Love Is A Contact Sport (Preston Glass) 4:18
8  You’re Still My Man (Gerry Goffin; Michael Masser) 4:19
9  For The Love Of You (Chris Jasper; Marvin Isley; Okelly Isley; Ronald Isley; Rudolph Isley) 5:32
10  Where Do Broken Hearts Go (Chuck Jackson; Frank Wildhorn) 4:39

Musicians

1 I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

Bass (synthesizer) Randy Jackson
Drums Michael Walden
Guitar Corrado Rustici
Synthesizer Sterling Smith
Synthesizer Walter Afanasieff
Percussion Greg Gonaway
Background Vocals Jennifer Hall
Background Vocals Jim Gilstrap
Background Vocals Kevin Dorsey
Background Vocals Kitty Beethoven
Background Vocals Myrna Matthews


2  Just The Lonely Talking Again

Bass Randy Jackson
Drums Michael Walden
Guitar Corrado Rustici
Synthesizer Frank Martin
Sax Kenny G.
Background Vocals Jennifer Hall
Background Vocals Jim Gilstrap
Background Vocals Kitty Beethoven
Background Vocals Nikki Harris


3  Love Will Save The Day

Drums (programming) John Benitez
Guitar Paul Jackson Jr
Synthesizer Fred Zarr
Synthesizer Jack Waldman
Vibraphone Roy Ayers
Percussion Bashiri Johnson
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Percussion Sammy Figueroa


4  Didn’t We Almost Have It All

Bass Nathan East
Drums JR Robinson
Drums Michael Walden
Guitar Paul Jackson Jr
Piano Robbie Buchanan


5  So Emotional

Bass (synthesizer) Walter Afanasieff
Guitar Corrado Rustici
Keyboards Walter Afanasieff


6  Where You Are

Bass Marcus Miller
Drums Paul Leim
Guitar Dann Huff
Guitar Ira Siegel
Guitar Paul Pesco
Keyboards Kashif
Keyboards Ralph Schuckett
Synthesizer Kashif
Synthesizer Ralph Schuckett
Sax Vincent Henry
Background Vocals Kashif


7  Love Is A Contact Sport

Drums Michael Walden
Guitar Corrado Rustici
Keyboards Preston Glass
Synthesizer Preston Glass
Synthesizer Walter Afanasieff
Synthesizer Cory Lerios
Sax Kenny G.
Percussion Greg Gonaway
Background Vocals Claytoven Richardson
Background Vocals Jennifer Hall
Background Vocals Jim Gilstrap
Background Vocals Kitty Beethoven
Background Vocals Nikki Harris


8  You’re Still My Man

Bass Nathan East
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar Paul Jackson Jr
Piano Randy Kerber
Piano Robbie Buchanan
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker


9  For The Love Of You

Drums (programming) Michael Walden
Synthesizer Frank Martin
Synthesizer Randy Jackson
Sax Kenny G.
Percussion Raul Rekow


10  Where Do Broken Hearts Go

Bass (synthesizer) Randy Jackson
Drums Michael Walden
Guitar Corrado Rustici
Piano Frank Martin
Synthesizer Frank Martin
Synthesizer Preston Glass
Percussion Greg Gonaway
Background Vocals Jennifer Hall
Background Vocals Jim Gilstrap
Background Vocals Kitty Beethoven
Background Vocals Nikki Harris


11  I Know Him So Well

Bass Randy Jackson
Drums Michael Walden
Synthesizer Preston Glass
Synthesizer Walter Afanasieff
Vocals Cissy Houston

Liner Notes

Producer – Narada Michael Walden (Tracks 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11)
Producer – John Jellybean Benitez (Track 3)
Producer – Michael Masser (Tracks 4, 8)
Producer – Kashif (Track 6)
Producer (Executive) – Clive Davis
Arranged By – Narada Michael Walden
Arranged By (Vocals) – Whitney Houston
Mixed By – David Frazer (Tracks 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11)
Recorded By – David Frazer (Tracks 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11)

Design – Mark Larson
Photography By – Richard Avedon

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Arista Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Arista Records, Inc.