More on Whitney Houston: In the inevitable instant books written about her life, her appearances in the District deserve a few notable mentions.
The most recent was at the 2010 BET Honors, where she was in full diva mode (see video). A younger Houston — at the peak of her fame in October 1994 — was the star performer at a White House state dinner honoring South African president Nelson Mandela. In a tent set up in the Rose Garden, the star, in a shimmering silver gown, belted out “People” and “The Greatest Love of All” and got a huge hug from Mandela for her efforts. Three years later, she recorded “Classic Whitney, Live from Washington, D.C.” — two live concerts at Constitution Hall (the second was an HBO special) benefiting the Children’s Defense Fund.
But before she was a superstar, she sang at the Shoreham Hotel around 1985. Somewhere out there (probably in an old box on a shelf) there’s a video of a charity dinner with Mark Russell and the 22-year-old singer. Videographer Kit Slitor can’t remember which organization he made the tape for, but he recalled filming Houston. “She gave a top-notch performance,” he told us. Folks, check your archives.
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