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Aug 9, 1963. Equally adept at danceable pop, stirring gospel and dramatic balladry, Whitney Houston, born at Newark, NJ, was one of the most influential recording artists in music history and one of the most accomplished: she had a vocal range of three octaves. Early chart successwas unprecedented: her 1985 debut, Whitney Houston, and Whitney, its 1987 follow-up, produced eight number one singles and went on to sell more than 50 million copies combined. I Will Always Love You, her 1992 single from the film The Bodyguard, in which she also starred, topped the Billboard charts for a record 14 weeks and became her signature song. After Houstons accidental death on Feb 11, 2012, at Beverly Hills, CA, it was also the song that came to define her effusive singing style. It reentered theBillboard Hot 100 almost immediately, and peaked at number three.

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