Her accomplishments as a hitmaker are extraordinary; just to scratch the
surface, she became the first artist ever to have seven consecutive
singles hit number one, and her 1993 Dolly Parton cover "I
Will Always Love You" became nothing less than the biggest hit
single in rock history.
Houston was able to handle big adult contemporary ballads, effervescent,
stylish dance-pop, and slick urban contemporary soul with equal
dexterity; the result was an across-the-board appeal that was matched by
scant few artists of her era, and helped her become one of the first
black artists to find success on MTV in Michael Jackson's wake.
Like many of the original soul singers, Houston was trained in gospel
before moving into secular music; over time, she developed a virtuosic
singing style given over to swooping, flashy melodic embellishments.
The shadow of Houston's prodigious technique still looms large over
nearly every pop diva and smooth urban soul singer - male or female - in
her wake, and spawned a legion of imitators (despite some critics'
complaints about over-singing).
Always more of a singles artist, Houston largely shied away from albums
during the '90s, releasing the bulk of her most popular material on the
soundtracks of films in which she appeared. By the end of the decade,
she'd gone several years without a true blockbuster, yet her status as
an icon was hardly diminished.
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