I have always believed that greats die in threes, recently my beliefs were confirmed. The legend Etta James passed in late January just days shy of her birthday, followed by the tragic death of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius and today the death of music icon Whitney Houston was reported, with cause of death not being immediately released. In my opinion her cause of death is null and void, the life of legend has been lost.
News of Whitney’s death took me back to the last days of blues singer Johnny Taylor, he was approached about recording the song “Soul Heaven”, initially he refused because he said a song like that was too gloomy and he wasn’t dead yet. Reluctantly he recorded the song, passing away shortly after the recording. The song talks about all the singers and legends he meets at a party in soul heaven. Unfortunately, Whitney has been added to the list of greats that will be there. An incredible voice, and beautiful spirit, Whitney had her share of trials and tribulations, that more than likely will overshadow her talent in the wake of her sudden death. Like most of my generation (80’s babies) I grew up listening to her love songs. I always said that “All the Man That I Need” will be the song I dedicate to my husband on my wedding day. May her soul be at peace, Whitney Elizabeth Houston August 9, 1963-February 11, 2012.