Whitney Houston was born in Newark, N.J., the daughter of Cissy Houston, a well-known gospel and RB backup singer.
I first met Whitney in 1983, when I went to hear her mother, Cissy Houston, sing at a supper club in Manhattan.
“I think Cissy really would have rather not done this right now with the wounds being still fresh,” said a friend.
Later, through watching interviews, Cissy learned that this was also the time that Whitney began experimenting with drugs.
Although Cissy Houston enjoyed a solid career as a backup and gospel singer, Whitney was the one and only star of the family.
Cissy Carroll drew back her robe from contact with the kneeling suppliant.
"For my fan," said Cissy with a timid truthfulness of accent.
Cissy Carter took the road to Windy Standard with a good conscience.
Her mother suggested to me that Cissy should come in and play to me in the evenings sometimes.
"The way of the transgressor is hard," answered Cissy, with the harshness of woman to woman.