Song Lyric Sunday | “How Will I Know” – Whitney Houston

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Who/What/When/Where/Why/How.

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80s music is known for many things including boy bands, hair bands, and female artist topping the charts. Females like Whitney Houston, cited by Guinness World Records as the most awarded female recording artist of all time, and who, seven years after her death, remains one of the bestselling artists of all time selling more than 200 million records worldwide.

Her self-titled album in 1985 put her square in the public eye with three number one songs, including How Will I Know. The song topped the charts for two weeks. The accompanying music video, filmed before the song’s release, was her first to receive heavy rotation on MTV. The music video was nominated for two awards at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards, in the categories of Best New Artist and Best Female Video, winning the latter.

Fun Facts:

  • George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam wrote How Will I Know expressly for Janet Jackson who was in the middle of making her Control album and turned it down.
  • The backing vocals are by Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston.
  • George and Shannon also wrote Houston’s hit I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me).
  • The video was directed by Brian Grant, who also did Olivia Newton-John’s Physical and Donna Summer’s She Works Hard For The Money.
  • The video’s choreographer was Arlene Phillips, who was later a judge on the British show Strictly Come Dancing.
  • George and Shannon record as Boy Meets Girl and had a hit in 1988 with Waiting For A Star To Fall.

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for FeliciaDenise.com.

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Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

How Will I Know

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, and YouTube.

7 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday | “How Will I Know” – Whitney Houston

  1. Okay, you got me! This is one of my all-time favourite Whitney Houston songs. I heard they just released a new song (a cover of Higher Love), but I will stick with songs like this!

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