Whitney Houston had already become a household name by 1992 with dance floor pop like “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “How Will I Know,” fantastic ballads like “The Greatest Love Of All,” and her spine-tingling performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” before Super Bowl XXV in 1991. But in 1992, we had no idea HOW big Whitney’s star would become.
Today in 1992, The Soundtrack for “The Bodyguard” starring Whitney and Kevin Costner began a remarkable 20-week run at #1 on the Billboard album chart, a record that would have been seemingly un-doable before this point.
The album featured FIVE top 20 hit songs, and broke a record when three of them were ALL in the top 5 at the same time. And for THE TOP 3 tonight, we salute Whitney’s biggest from “Bodyguard.”
3) I Have Nothing – A booming ballad, this was the only song in THE TOP 3 written FOR the movie; the others had already been written and released. It was the third single from the soundtrack, and still managed amazing sales and received accolades and nominations through the years.
2) I’m Every Woman – Sure, Chaka Khan released it first, but Whitney made it her own – complete with the shout of Chaka’s name as a “tip of the hat” toward the end. It brought the song back to the pop culture realm SO MUCH SO that Oprah Winfrey even used it as her theme song in the mid ’90s.
1) I Will Always Love You – Like “I’m Every Woman,” it wasn’t originally a song written by Whitney or her team, but first by Dolly Parton. Through the years, Parton has graciously praised Whitney’s performance – a show of true class, love and admiration. And with a key change and a high note that you’ll NEVER forget, it is TRULY Whitney’s signature song.