It’s hard to look at the video of a young, pre-BigStar Whitney Houston now, isn’t it? Knowing how the story ended makes the beginning a little rougher to revisit.
A couple of notes, as I don’t want to be all somber about this…
The song that was originally supposed to fill this spot on the album was “Waiting For A Star To Fall”, written by the duo Boy Meets Girl (who had already written “How Will I Know” for her). When Houston’s camp passed on “Waiting”, they did the song themselves and had a top 10 hit with it.
At that, Houston’s team wasn’t convinced when Boy Meets Girl came back with this single – they thought it wasn’t quite a fit for her sound. Producer Narada Michael Walton said it sounded like an Olivia Newton-John country single… clearly, he got over the objection, as he produced what turned out to be Houston’s fourth straight #1 single.
Tomorrow, one of those bands that a lot of people love to hate…
Other songs that reached #1 on June 27:
1960 – “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” by Connie Francis (her first, 2 weeks)
1964 – “A World Without Love” by Peter & Gordon (their first, 1 week)
1970 – “The Love You Save” by the Jackson 5 (their fourth, 2 weeks)