Whitney Houston was 48
Beautiful singer Whitney Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) reigned as pop music’s queen until drug use ravaged her majestic voice and regal image. She died on February 11, 2012. Whitney was 48. At her peak in the 1980s and 90s, Houston was the golden girl. She wowed audiences with effortless, powerful, and peerless vocals, which rooted in the black church. She made it palatable to the masses with a pop sheen.
Among her hits were “How Will I Know”, “Saving All My Love for You” and “I Will Always Love You”. She won multiple Grammys including album and record of the year. Her success carried her beyond music to movies like The Bodyguard. But by the end of her career, drug use took its toll as her record sales plummeted and her voice became raspy and hoarse. Her image became tarnished by her well-documented troubles, including her turbulent marriage to singer Bobby Brown.
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Whitney Houston was 48
Forgotten era of energetic Swing dance
Most commonly known as a group of dances Swing dance developed with the Swing style of jazz music in the 1920s-1950s. However, the earliest of these dances predate “swing era” music. Meanwhile, the best known of these dances is Lindy Hop, a popular partner dance that originated in Harlem in 1927. Noteworthy, still danced today! In fact, the majority of swing dances began in African American communities as vernacular African American dances. According to sources, some swing era dances, such as Fox Trot and Balboa, as just some examples, developed in white communities.
Adele Vogue cover and six Grammys
Beautiful Laurie Blue Adkins (Adele) is winning. After facing some criticism, in particular, from Karl Lagerfeld saying she has a pretty face, but she’s too fat, Adele is on top of the charts! Besides, Adele is such a great role model for women in the plus size community. In fact, she stays true to herself and doesn’t care what society has to say.
Meanwhile, Adele looked absolutely stunning in her full editorial in the March issue of Vogue. That cat winged eye and Oscar de la Renta are such great looks. It’s going to be interesting to hear her new music now that she has a newfound love.
Well done Adele!
Beautiful Adele performs “Rolling in the Deep” at the 2012 Grammy Awards. Not only that, she won six awards on the night! Not a bad comeback. Quite simply the best voice of her generation…. And without all the overt sexuality and sleaze. “Rolling in the Deep” represented a commercial breakthrough for Adele, propelling her to international success. The song reached number one in 11 countries and the top five in many more regions. It was Adele’s first number-one song in the United States, reaching the top spot on many Billboard charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 where it was number one for seven weeks. By February 2012, “Rolling in the Deep” had sold over 7,600,000 copies in the United States, making it the highest selling digital song by a female artist in the US, the second best-selling digital song in the US and Adele’s best-selling single outside her native country, topping her previous best-selling “Chasing Pavements”.
British celebrity Adele Goes Vegetarian
Like many of her songs, Adele’s inspiration came from love. According to Peta, Adele is going to be a vegetarian. “Whenever I am about to eat meat, I always see my little dog’s eyes”. Adele is quite right, of course: Cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens, and other animals killed for food feel pain and fear, just as dogs and cats do. And it doesn’t make sense to love one yet eat the other. To help Adele along her veggie journey, PETA U.K. has sent her a care package, including a vegetarian/vegan starter kit, Sir Paul McCartney’s “Glass Walls” DVD, a few of our favorite cookbooks, and some delicious vegan treats!
The Monkees Davy Jones
Born December 30, 1945, in Manchester, England, David Thomas Jones was already famous in his home country when he joined the Monkees. He had starred in the musical “Oliver!” on the London stage as the Artful Dodger and was nominated for a Tony for his performance on Broadway, according to a biography on a Monkees fan site. Indeed, he got a taste of the Beatles’ popularity when the “Oliver!” cast appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on February 9, 1964 – the date of the Beatles’ first appearance.
Married three times, Davy Jones – survived by his third wife, Jessica Pacheco, and four daughters from his two previous marriages. In May 2011, the singer said he was having some of the happiest times in his life with Jessica.
He told Britain’s Daily Mail last year that he used to be 5 feet 4 inches tall, “but I’ve lost an inch.” He posted photographs of his horses, his grandchildren and himself on his blog, “Keep up with Jones,” sometimes also posting messages to fans.
English multinational operatic pop vocal group IL Divo
Formed by music manager Simon Cowell in the United Kingdom, the group consists of male singers. In particular, French pop singer Sebastien Izambard, Spanish baritone Carlos Marin, American tenor David Miller, and Swiss tenor Urs Buhler.
David Miller – tenor from the U.S., graduated from Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, where he received a bachelor’s degree in vocal and master’s degree in Opera. Since the early 2000s, lives in New York, during this time he sang over 45 principal roles in various opera and musical productions in theaters in South and North America, Australia and Europe, including the role of Tony in “West Side Story” at Milan “La Scala”. His last role was in the acclaimed staging Rodolfo Baz Luhrmann’s “La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini.