Expert: Whitney Houston Joins Long List of Stars Gone Too Soon

The pop-superstar who emerged in the 1980s as one of her generation’s greatest voices, only to become the subject of tabloid fodder admittedly through her years of cocaine use and abusive marriage, died Saturday in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Pitch

As the music industry prepares Sunday to celebrate its biggest night of the year with the 54th Annual Grammy's, the award show undoubtedly will be overshadowed by the death of Whitney Houston. The pop-superstar who emerged in the 1980s as one of her generation’s greatest voices, only to become the subject of tabloid fodder admittedly through her years of cocaine use and abusive marriage, died Saturday in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Expert

Rob Weiner, associate librarian and pop culture expert, Texas Tech University Library, (806) 742-2238 ext. 282 office or (806) 780-8775 mobile, or rob.weiner@ttu.edu.

Talking Points

  • Whitney Houston’s place in pop culture
  • Pop icons who rise to superstardom and tragically fall from grace
  • Houston's influence on younger generations


Quotes

  • “Whitney was a great talent. Like Michael Jackson, she ruled the airwaves in the 1980s with great pop melodies.”
  • “It is too bad that Whitney had so many personal demons. She had a voice that could bring down the house.”