On this day in music history: February 14, 198…

On this day in music history: February 14, 1985 – “Whitney Houston”, the debut album by Whitney Houston is released. Produced by Kashif, Michael Masser, Narada Michael Walden, and Jermaine Jackson, it is recorded at The Hit Factory, The Record Plant in New York City, The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA, and Tarpan Studios in San Rafael, CA from May 1984 – January 1985. Following her signing to Arista Records in 1983, label head Clive Davis and A&R executive Gerry Griffith spends several months gathering material and selecting material for the then nineteen year old singer. Once recording sessions begin in the Spring of 1984, another eight months are spent recording and mixing the project. Once it is released, the album initially get off to a slow start but steadily gains momentum throughout 1985 into 1986, spinning off six hit singles including “You Give Good Love” (#1 R&B, #3 Pop), “Saving All My Love For You” (#1 R&B and Pop), “How Will I Know” (#1 R&B and Pop). It also wins Houston her first Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for “Saving All My Love For You” in 1986. Original pressings of the album contain the initial mix of “The Greatest Love Of All”, which is also used as the B-side of “You Give Good Love”. That mix is replaced on later re-pressings with the remixed hit single version. The album is remastered in 2010 for its 25th Anniversary with added bonus tracks, and a DVD featuring the music videos from the album and Whitney’s first television appearance on The Merv Griffin Show in 1983. “Whitney Houston” spends fourteen weeks at number one (non-consecutive) on the Billboard Top 200, is certified 13x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, earning a Diamond Certification, and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2013.