Happy Birthday Whitney! Check Out The Legend’s First Lead Vocal Recording, “Memories”

August 9, 2012  |  

As you probably know by now, today is the birthday of the late Whitney Houston. This would have been the singer’s 49th birthday, and to celebrate her career and life, I’m pretty sure fans worldwide are taking a moment to play some of her classics and reminiscing. From “My Love is Your Love,” and “I Will Always Love You” to “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and more, Spotify and iPods everywhere are banging some Whitney today. Need an idea of what to listen to? Well, what do you know about the track, “Memories”?

According to Okayplayer.com, producer Bill Laswell and his rock band Material put out an album entitled One Down in 1982, which featured an array of singers, including up-and-coming singer, Whitney Houston. She appeared on the song “Memories” alongside jazz saxophonist Archie Shepp, a slow but soulful joint that showcased her vocal talents without too much fuss. This was obviously a few years before the release of her album Whitney, so “Memories” was something like her big presentation to the mainstream (via Material’s large rock-loving fan base)

Whitney definitely sounds good (though Shepp’s saxophone was killing me softly at a few moments). It’s not her at her prime, but it was definitely a beautiful effort on her part for this jazzy love ballad. Check it out if you haven’t heard it before, and if you have, share it with friends! Take some time out to play some Whitney and to celebrate her legendary life. You don’t have anything else better to do anyway…*winks*

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