Pop Icon, Whitney Houston Dies at 48

By: Associated Press; Angelica Alvarez Email
By: Associated Press; Angelica Alvarez Email

Local Radio DJ Remembers Whitney

[UPDATE] - Tallahassee -

Today we talked to a DJ in Tallahassee who had a professional history with Whitney Houston. He helped us remember her through what she did best, her music.

DJ and program director, Joe Bullard with 96.1 Jamz not only knew the legendary voice of Whitney Houston by playing her hits on the radio, he also worked with her.

He used to work as a promotional director for Columbia Records. There one of the artists became the band director for Whitney Houston.

He says, "That put me on front street with a pass that says all access, and as Whitney would say back then, wherever he wants to go."

Since the news of Houston's death broke Saturday night, 96.1 has been one of several local stops on the radio dial for your favorite Whitney hits.

Bullard says, "Face it, you will always know a Whitney song, who doesn't know the words to 'I Will Always Love You' ?"

And for the man behind the music, even one song for him stands out.

He says, "'I Wanna Dance with Somebody', that one is special cause that song was debuted in Miami, at a Dolphins game and the Miami cheerleaders danced to that,, the announcer came up and he said we have a new song from Whitney Houston. And imagine being, from radio, I was in the record industry then, and that's how I first heard that song."

While Bullard mourns the death of a woman he got to know through her music. He says that's how people should remember her best.

"Just think Whitney, think hits and know that heaven has a big choir now. She's joined Etta James, Luther, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Barry White. They're all smiling. Their sister is now home."


Tallahassee Remembers:

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
5:00 p.m.— 10:00 p.m.
Featuring music, videos & tributes.
(upbeat casual attire)
Hear the music, celebrate the life and musical legacy
along with other Whitney Houston fans!

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AP: Whitney Houston's Body to be Taken Home to NJ
by Beth Defalco and Dave Porter, AP

Newark, NJ (AP) - Whitney Houston's body was set to be flown home to New Jersey late Monday for a funeral to be held at week's end, said two people who have spoken with her family.

The two people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak for the family and because funeral arrangements hadn't been completed.

Houston's family raised the possibility of holding a wake Thursday and funeral Friday at Newark's Prudential Center, an arena that hosts college and professional sport events and seats about 18,000 people.

The 48-year-old pop star was found dead in a bathtub in her suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California on Saturday, hours before she was supposed to appear at a pre-Grammy Awards gala.

Funeral arrangements were being made by Newark's Whigham Funeral Home, which handled the 2003 funeral of Houston's father, John Houston, according to the two people who spoke to the AP.

A woman at the funeral home, where several police officers were stationed Monday afternoon, said she could neither confirm nor deny reports that it would handle the arrangements. A white tent was set up leading into the funeral home's rear entrance.

The Los Angeles coroner's office said Houston's body was released to the family late Monday morning.

Houston was born in Newark and was raised in nearby East Orange. She began singing as a child at Newark's New Hope Baptist Church, where her mother, Grammy-winning gospel singer Cissy Houston, led the music program for many years. Her cousin singer Dionne Warwick also sang in its choir.

On Monday, mourners left flowers, balloons and candles for Houston at the wrought-iron fence around the tall brick church, which sits near the edge of an abandoned housing project near the train line leading to New York City.

"She was an inspiration to everybody," said Gregory Hanks, a 26-year-old actor who grew up in the neighborhood and who dropped off a bouquet of flowers.

Hanks said he saw Houston perform at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center years ago.

"I grew up listening to her as a little boy, and to hear her sing, you knew she was special," he said.

Sandy Farrow, a technology consultant from Mitchellville, Md., who was in the area visiting relatives, said she was a senior at Clifford J. Scott High School in East Orange when Houston was a freshman.

"We felt like she put East Orange on the map," she said.

Farrow said Houston's death came as a shock.

"We lost somebody who I thought, after all her troubles, was coming back," Farrow said.

Across the street from the church, Bashir Rasheed set up shop with a duffel bag full of T-shirts reading "In Memory of Whitney Houston 1963-2012." He said he had sold 24 shirts at $10 apiece within a few hours.


Associated Press writer Chris Hawley contributed to this report.


President Obama's Prayers with Whitney Houston's Family

Washington, D.C. (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama's thoughts and prayers are with Whitney Houston's family, especially her daughter.

Press secretary Jay Carney says it's hard not to be an admirer of the singer's "immense talent." And, he says it's a tragedy to lose somebody so talented at such a young age.

Carney said he wasn't sure if Obama and Houston ever had met.

The 48-year-old singer died Saturday.


Pop Icon, Whitney Houston Dies at 48

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- February 11, 2012

Police in Beverly Hills, Calif. say singer Whitney Houston died this afternoon in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Police Lt. Mark Rosen said in a news conference that the 48-year-old's body is still in her fourth-floor hotel room while detectives investigate her death.

He says police received a 911 call shortly before 4 p.m. local time, and paramedics who were already at the hotel quickly went to her room, but couldn't resuscitate her.

Houston's death comes on the eve of the Grammy Awards. A representative says she was to appear at tonight's annual concert and dinner for her longtime mentor Clive Davis.

A person who had been at rehearsals for the show, says on Thursday Houston appeared disheveled and was sweating profusely as she coached R&B singers Brandy and Monica. The person also says liquor and cigarettes could be smelled on Houston's breath.

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  • by james on Feb 13, 2012 at 02:55 PM
    i wonder if they gonna blame the doctor for this ones death too like they did with the pedophile Micheal jackson
  • by oh my on Feb 13, 2012 at 10:43 AM
    Crack is wack yall!!! i am too rich to use crack....blub blub blub
  • by L on Feb 13, 2012 at 05:52 AM
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      by Anonymous on Feb 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM in reply to L
      Sympathy?!?!?!?! I don't have sympathy for drug users; they ruin themselves and society as a whole! Another one bites the dust!
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        by Anonymous on Feb 13, 2012 at 12:54 PM in reply to
        Be careful what you say, it might be someone you love like your mother, child, brother father or your self
  • by Vic on Feb 13, 2012 at 05:34 AM
    Who cares? Just another druggie/alcoholic who became succesful and then throws her life away.
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      by Dalphyne on Feb 13, 2012 at 10:39 AM in reply to Vic
      Why are you so insensitive? A lady has passed and you do not know if she was doing drugs. Show a little sympathy for her family.
  • by Anonymous Location: Out of my mind on Feb 13, 2012 at 04:47 AM
    Not this time, dude....it's "W" fault
  • by talltech Location: Tallahassee on Feb 13, 2012 at 04:43 AM
    Whitney wasn't a drug addict. The only drugs found were legal prescription drugs - just like Michael Jackson. Maybe her doctor should be brought in for questioning? He won't get the same punishment Jackson's doctor got, tho.
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      by get real on Feb 13, 2012 at 05:53 AM in reply to talltech
      prescription drugs can be abused and the user is just as much an addict as the crack head. stop glamorizing drug use for these rich hollywood types - why do you act suprised when one overdoses - the National Inquirer tells you weekly who is using and where yet no one is ever arrested.
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        by Boston Dave on Feb 13, 2012 at 06:54 AM in reply to get real
        Ironic? You use the name, "get real", then go on to reference, the National Inquirer. Get Real!
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          by JOHN EDWARDS on Feb 13, 2012 at 07:49 AM in reply to Boston Dave
  • by Dang on Feb 13, 2012 at 03:10 AM
    Im guessing the Occupy Houston movement was too much for her.
  • by jr Location: ga on Feb 12, 2012 at 07:27 PM
    all the money in the world cant save you when your time comes.
  • by AFan on Feb 12, 2012 at 05:52 PM
    I agree with the comment about Bobbi Brown ruining Whitney. She's fantastic but look at pictures of her before BB and after BB. He destroyed her, her health, and her career. RIP Ms. Houston. Many have tried to sing your songs but none have come close to performing them so beautifully. Another great talent lost needlessly like so many others before her.
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      by ne tally on Feb 12, 2012 at 07:27 PM in reply to AFan
      why waste your time with a drug addict. just because she can sing. Really.
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      by Boston Dave on Feb 13, 2012 at 07:04 AM in reply to AFan
      Bobby didn't ruin her. He may have not been the best influence on her, but he, himself didn't ruin her. She would've found the same things, in another partner or friends. It's like a parent, thinking that moving to another state or county, will straighten their children out, and get them away from all the "other peoples" children, who are corrupting their precious little angels....Look, i'm 39 and was one of the biggest Whitney fans growing up. Outside of Daisy Duke and Marilyn Mccoo, she was it for me! It's a sad ending for someone so talented, i pray for her family.
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      by Mary on Feb 13, 2012 at 09:38 AM in reply to AFan
      Bobbi didn't ruin her she ruined herself. It was her choice of the man and to use.
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        by ha ha on Feb 13, 2012 at 10:09 AM in reply to Mary
        bobby smoked weed Whitney used cocaine and prescriptions she has been using worse drugs than him since before they hooked up
  • by ne tally Location: ne tally on Feb 12, 2012 at 05:30 PM
    now that she is dead coke sales will go down.
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