Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped

Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped

by Cissy Houston


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Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped by Cissy Houston

Honest and heartbreaking, a mother's story of tears, joy, and her greatest love of all—her daughter, Whitney

On the eve of the 2012 Grammy Awards, the world learned of a stunning tragedy: Whitney Houston, unquestionably one of the most remarkable and powerful voices in all of music, had been silenced forever. Over the weeks and months that followed, family, friends, and fans alike tried to understand how such a magnificent talent and beautiful soul could have been taken so early and so unexpectedly. Glamorous and approachable, captivating and sweet, Whitney had long ago won the hearts of America, but in recent years her tumultuous personal life had grabbed as many headlines as her soaring vocal talents. Her sudden death left behind not only a legacy of brilliance, but also painful questions with no easy answers.

Now, for the first time, the beloved superstar's mother, Cissy Houston—a gospel legend in her own right—relates the full, astonishing scope of the pop icon's life and career. From Whitney's earliest days singing in the church choir to her rapid ascent to the pinnacles of music stardom, from her string of number one hits to her topping the Hollywood box office, Cissy recounts her daughter's journey to becoming one of the most popular and successful artists of all time. Setting the record straight, Cissy also speaks candidly about Whitney's struggles in the limelight, revealing the truth about her turbulent marriage to singer Bobby Brown, her public attempts to regain her celebrated voice, and the battle with drugs that ultimately proved too much.

In this poignant and tender tribute to her "Nippy," Cissy summons all her strength to reveal not only Whitney the superstar, but also Whitney as a sweet girl, a bright-eyed young woman, and a deeply caring mother. Complete with never-before-seen family photographs, Remembering Whitney is an intimate, heartfelt portrait of one of our most revered artists, from the woman who cherished her most.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062238399
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/29/2013
Pages: 297
Sales rank: 298,160
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Cissy Houston is a Grammy Award–winning soul and gospel singer and the mother of the late superstar Whitney Houston. She gained fame as part of the Drinkards, a family gospel group, and revolutionized the "Background Industry" as the founder and leader of the Sweet Inspirations, a well-respected vocal group who provided background vocals for such artists as Luther Vandross, Wishbone Ash, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, and Elvis Presley. She later enjoyed a successful career as a solo artist. Cissy grew up in Newark, New Jersey, where she raised her family and still lives in the area.

Lisa Dickey has been a freelance ghostwriter and book doctor since 1997. She has helped write and/or edit fourteen published nonfiction books, including six New York Times bestsellers.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Part 1

Chapter 1 The Night the Music Stopped 3

Chapter 2 A Child of Newark 10

Chapter 3 The Gospel Truth 31

Chapter 4 Sweet Inspirations 51

Chapter 5 Life on Dodd Street 73

Chapter 6 Training the Voice 96

Chapter 7 Separation 110

Part 2

Chapter 8 Enter Clive Davis 127

Chapter 9 Fame 142

Chapter 10 Welcome Home Heroes 161

Chapter 11 The Bodyguard … and Bobby Brown 180

Chapter 12 "I Never Asked for this Madness" 195

Chapter 13 "I Know Him So Well" 213

Chapter 14 A Very Bad Year 232

Part 3

Chapter 15 Atlanta 253

Chapter 16 The Intervention 266

Chapter 17 The Comeback 279

Chapter 18 "I Look to You" 294

Chapter 19 Bringing My Daughter Home 308

Epilogue 318

Acknowledgments 325

Selected Cissy Houston Discography 335

Selected Whitney Houston Discography 340

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BscBlaque More than 1 year ago
Thank you Cissy for sharing YOUR personal memories ( the good times, the bad, and the ugly). Your book has made me have an even greater respect for you and your daughter. God Bless
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've always loved and respected Whitney, even when it seemed like most of the world forgot how wonderful she was! After reading this I feel like I knew her personally and love her even more than ever! Knowing that she is with our heavenly father should bring your heart such peace. Praying for your family daily! Thank you for sharing your baby girl with the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Cissy told her story from the Heart of a mother. She keep it real telling the good times and the hard times. At the end of the day whatever the world thinks about Whitney after reading this book we sure know one thing that Whitney loved the Lord. God Bless the Houston family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Candid, poignant and an excellent read! Before 'understanding Nippy' I saw Whitney as the world viewed her. Reading her mothers book has made me feel better about WHs life. Not personally knowing her, I often felt very grieved in my spirit over her death and I felt such turmoil. I now feel better about how she live, that a lot of her life was happy and that she is surely resting in peace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant tell you much the book is amazing and a great tell all i cant tell you alot but all i am saying is READ the BOOK it is perfect !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MOTHER Houston, May God Bless and strengthen you! I am in awe of your strength and thank you for sharing your story! I know people whi have met your daughter and she was a wonderful human being who shared her gift and love for the Lord! KJM
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Witney Huston fan and was looking forward to reading a story about her. Too bad it was all about her mom. The first 50+pages was about Cissy. The name of the book is deceiving. I wanted to read about Witney not her Mom's career.
CrabbyApple More than 1 year ago
The book is well written and is a great story from the Mothers point of view. We look into the lives of the Houstons and can understand more about Nippy and perhaps why she did some of the things she did. We learned about some of her insecurities...because lets fact it; we all have them. Very Good Read. Will probably read it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hats off to Ms. Houston for giving us some insight as to who NIPPPY was. I very much enjoyed reading and I will admit that I even shed a tear...or two...or three. A must read for all Whitney fans. Much respect to Ms. Cissy Houston.
YesterdaysNewz More than 1 year ago
Amazing! Thank you Miss Cissy for helping us fans understand just how sweet Whitney was!!
Zalma More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.  It made me laugh, it made me cry and, most of all, it made me appreciate 'Nippy'.  It is a heartwarming story written with love and honesty.  
Porsha29 More than 1 year ago
Pretty good book. Straight to the point
luvat1stsite More than 1 year ago
Cissy, thank you for sharing such intimate moments of Whitney with the world. I am still so saddened by her death and can only imagine how it has affected you and your family. I feel like I have a piece of Nippy in my life now. This book will sit on my mantle along w/ my family photos. Thank you again, Cissy.
Anonymous 14 hours ago
Great book
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WhitneyFan More than 1 year ago
I think this book rocks thank you Cissy for sharing the memories of Whitney with us  
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Ms Cissy put her heart & soul in writing this book my heart is so full right now & i cant stop the tears from following. Her book takes u on a journey about her childhood family religion marriage and most important her daughter Whitney the love she had for her the happy sad & funny times they shared...this was a VERY GOOD read...thank you Ms Cissy
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Thank you for clearing up a few things about Whitney's tragic ending. I was a big fan of Whitney through the good and the bad. She was human and got caught up like some do. I understand her love for singing and music and how the pressures got to her. At one point, the world did not understand seemed she dealt with it in her own way. Thanks for sharing your side of the story! I know she wasn't a bad person. In fact, she changed the whole game so be very proud and tx for sharing her with us.
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I luuuvvvv whitney houston she be killin em
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I wanted to read about how her mother viewed her life. I loved this book. It gave us the history of Mrs. Houston and it explained a lot of things that others have only speculated. I have shared this book with several members of my own family. My take away from this wonderful read is that we can love someone with all of our heart but their future and destiny is for them to decide. Thank you Mrs. Houston for sharing your story with the world.
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