On k.d. lang: ”Next to Judy Garland, she’s the best singer I’ve ever heard,” he says, tearing up with emotion. “She gives me goose bumps when I hear her sing.”
On Ella Fitzgerald: “She made as many records as Crosby and Sinatra and they’re all beautiful. They’re all in top shape … [s]he’s the best singer I ever heard … absolutely.”
Tony Bennett is way too quick to give out praise.
Whitney Houston’s final performance, a duet of “Jesus Loves Me” with fellow R&B singer Kelly Price for a pre-Grammy show hosted by Price. In the days before her death, Houston reportedly displayed erratic behavior; this performance drew attention prior to her death due to her weak vocals. (more | EDIT: Clarified post)
First of all, I want to tell you that I love you all. Second, I would like to say, I love you Whitney. The hardest thing for me to do is to come on this stage.Bobby Brown • Coming out on stage with New Edition in Southaven, Miss. Saturday night, a short time after finding out about the death of his ex-wife, Whitney Houston. He performed despite the difficult situation. In other news, Jennifer Hudson and Chaka Khan (the latter of whom had her song “I’m Every Woman” famously covered by Houston) will perform a tribute to the late singer at tomorrow night’s Grammy awards. (more)
Whitney’s Gulf War-era National Anthem performance, before Super Bowl XXV in 1991, is considered one of the greatest ever and became a hit on the pop charts. A better way to remember her than for all the ugly stuff that came after. (more)