Whitney Houston: Newark City Counsel Loses Its Star Spangled Banner:
On Jan. 27, 1991,Whitney Houston took to the field at Tampa Stadium prior to Super Bowl XXV to sing the national anthem. The pop star had recorded the vocal weeks before in a Los Angeles studio and lip-synched the song, but few in the crowd of 73,000 and/or the 110 million watching her at home seemed to care or notice. The beauty of Houston’s version was in her vocal self-control. Prior to that day other vocalists had often tried to make “The Star-Spangled Banner” their own by including unnecessary self-indulgent arrangements and showy flourishes. Whitney Houston, let the song stand on its own; as a result, it went on to become the fastest-selling single in her record label’s history and raised over $500,000 for the American Red Cross.
The accomplishment was not missed on the governmental institutions The Newark city council would blast her prodigious performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before each and every legislative meeting. The moment was enhanced because they also turned a fan on during the playing of the song in order to make the American flag wave (Fox News), but it was Houston’s five-octave range that moved people the most.
Yet today Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice was ravaged by drug use; during the early hours on February 11, 2012 died at the age of 48, Houston was found unconscious in her hotel room, where she had been preparing for a performance at a pre-Grammy gala. The cause of death is pending while awaiting toxicology results.
The death of Whitney Houston sent shock waves throughout the world especially in the heart of the Newark City Council (Houston’s home town). Newark Mayor Cory Booker tweets “RIP Whitney Houston, a Legend and great American artist. And always, one of Newark’s and New Jersey’s treasured daughters.”
Although the playing of Houston’s“The Star-Spangled Banner” always had great meaning for the council it is for certain that this next meeting will take on a more bitter sweet tone as they, along with the rest of her fans remember the tragedy behind the sweet sounding all American voice.