What isn’t well remembered about this song is that Whitney’s was a cover version. Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. did the original version in 1978 – it made a small dent on the charts, but wasn’t the hit that it became in Whitney’s hands.
It was her fourth single… “You Give Good Love” had been the previous single, and it hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 – her first Top 10 hit.
I guess looking back at the beginning makes it odd to realize it’s been over 8 months since Whitney died – on some level, it feels like she’s just taking some time off before a new album… it’s still a moment’s thought to realize that she’s gone.
Her last movie, Sparkle, has finished its run in theatres for the most part. The fictionalized version of the Supremes’ story was supposed to be remade in the early 2000’s with Aaliyah in the lead – before her death in that plane crash in the Bahamas. Houston’s death came just after production finished on her version. You have to wonder if the notoriously-superstitious Hollywood community will ever touch this movie again…
Tomorrow, a Motown legend’s first #1 pop hit…
Other songs that reached #1 on October 26:
1974 – “Then Came You” by Dionne Warwicke and the Spinners (her first, 1 week)