Saturday, December 12, 1992

Dec. 12, 1992: The Bodyguard soundtrack hit #1 in the U.S. for the first of 20 weeks

Last updated September 1, 2018.

The Bodyguard (soundtrack)

Whitney Houston/ Various Artists

Released: Nov. 14, 1992


Sales (in millions):
US: 17.0
UK: 2.14
IFPI: --
World (estimated): 38.5


Peak:
US: 1 20
UK: 111
Canada: 19
Australia: 15

Quotable: --


Genre: pop/R&B


Album Tracks/Hit Songs:

Click here for the chart codes for singles/hit songs.

  1. I Will Always Love You (WHITNEY HOUSTON) (11/14/92) #1 US, #1 UK, #1 RB, #1 AC, 4x platinum single
  2. I Have Nothing (WHITNEY HOUSTON) (2/20/93) #1a US, #3 UK, #3a RB, #1 AC, gold single
  3. I’m Every Woman (WHITNEY HOUSTON) (1/9/93) #2a US, #4 UK, #4a RB, #26 AC, gold single
  4. Run to You (WHITNEY HOUSTON) #26a US, #15 UK, #31 RB, #9 AC
  5. Queen of the Night (WHITNEY HOUSTON) (11/6/93) #36a US, #14 UK, #47a RB
  6. Jesus Loves Me (WHITNEY HOUSTON)
  7. Even if My Heart Would Break (KENNY G/ AARON NEVILLE)
  8. Someday (I’m Coming Back) (LISA STANSFIELD)
  9. It’s Gonna Be a Lovely Day (S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M.)
  10. What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love and Understanding (CURTIS STIGERS)
  11. Waiting for You (KENNY G) *
  12. Trust in Me (JOE COCKER/ SASS JORDAN)
  13. Theme from ‘The Bodyguard’ (ALAN SILVESTRI)
* not on U.S. album

Review:

“Few observers expected that Whitney Houston’s first big-screen role in 1992’s The Bodyguard would generate a phenomenon. Not that the film itself was a phenomenon – it was a healthy success, due not only to Houston, but to her co-star Kevin Costner's drawing power – but the soundtrack’s success was astonishing. The Bodyguard followed Houston’s cover of Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You to the top of the charts, and once they got there, neither the single nor the album budged for weeks. ‘I Will Always Love You’ spent a record-shattering 14 weeks in the top slot, while The Bodyguard spent 20 weeks at number one, eventually selling over 15 million copies and winning the Grammy award for Album of the Year.” STE

“Like many phenomena of that magnitude, it’s hard to see, in retrospect, what triggered such a massive public response. True, The Bodyguard isn’t a typical soundtrack in that its first half plays like Houston’s sequel to I’m Your Baby Tonight, but its second half is filled with the flotsam and jetsam typical for a big-budget soundtrack – an excerpt from Alan Silverstri’s score, some flavorless but pleasant Kenny G instrumentals, dated pop and dance numbers, and a cover (Curtis Stigers’ take on (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding, which is notable in some circles as the recording that made the song’s author, Nick Lowe, a millionaire).” STE

“Then again, nobody really paid attention to anything outside of the first six songs, all of which rank among Houston's best efforts, demonstrating progress from the somewhat stilted I’m Your Baby Tonight. It’s not startling enough to justify the phenomenon, but I Have Nothing, Queen of the Night, Run to You, and especially her cover of I’m Every Woman are all first-rate urban pop songs that skillfully capture Houston at her best. In a sense, the album is no different than any other album Houston recorded.” STE

“It may seem odd that a soundtrack is Houston's biggest-selling album to date, but consider this – even her best records had five or six great songs surrounded by well-constructed filler; the same is true here, only the filler is recorded by other artists.” STE


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Saturday, November 28, 1992

Whitney Houston hit #1 with "I Will Always Love You"

First posted 11/28/2011; updated 3/29/2019.

I Will Always Love You

Whitney Houston

Writer(s): Dolly Parton (see lyrics here)


Released: November 3, 1992


First Charted: November 13, 1992


Peak: 114 US, 17 RR, 1511 RB, 110 UK, 18 CN, 110 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales *: 10.0 US, 2.0 UK, 20.0 world (includes US + UK)


Radio Airplay *: 6.0


Video Airplay *: 891.6


Streaming *: 315.17


* in millions

Review:

Considering that this song has topped six different U.S. charts for a combined total of 55 weeks, it could be declared the most successful chart single of all time. On the U.S. pop charts, Elvis Presley’s double-sided single “Don’t Be Cruel”/“Hound Dog” held the record for most weeks (11) atop the Billboard Hot 100 for 36 years before Boyz II Men grabbed the pinnacle for 13 weeks with “End of the Road.” However, the Boyz didn’t hang on to the record quite as long as The King. A mere two weeks after “Road” finished its reign, the song that would dethrone it slid into the #1 spot.

Dolly Parton’s original was a #1 country song in 1974 and 1982. It was a re-recorded version for the film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Dolly even hit the country charts with it a third time when a 1995 duet version with Vince Gill went to #15. However, it was Whitney’s version that exploded. It hit on the UK charts, Cashbox, and Billboard’s pop, R&B, and adult contemporary charts.

Whitney’s version was featured in the movie The Bodyguard. It had to illustrate Kevin Costner’s character’s background when it plays on a jukebox at a blue-collar bar and show Houston’s glamorous, superstar singer lifestyle when she sings it to him later as a tribute. BR1

Plans to record Jimmy Ruffin’s “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” were scuttled when the movie Fried Green Tomatoes got first dibs. Costner brought a 1975 Linda Ronstadt version of “Love You” to Houston, who re-arranged it as a soul ballad. WK

It goes without saying that this was 1992’s biggest pop hit, WHC-123 but it also was the first triple-platinum-selling single by a woman BB100 and propelled The Bodyguard soundtrack to 17 million sales. It is also a hit at funerals, being the most requested record for those solemn occasions. KL-382


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Saturday, October 31, 1992

50 Years Ago Today: Bing Crosby hit #1 with "White Christmas"

First posted 10/31/2011; updated 3/28/2019.

image from gigwise.com

White Christmas

Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra

Writer(s): Irving Berlin (see lyrics here)


First Charted: October 3, 1942


Peak: 114 US, 12 GA, 110 HP, 77 CA, 11 HR, 3 AC, 13 RB, 120 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales *: 50.0 US, 1.0 UK, sheet music: 5.0, 56.0 world (includes US + UK)


Radio Airplay *: --


Video Airplay *: 5.97


Streaming *: --


* in millions

Review:

Happy Halloween! And Merry Christmas? Hey, if the retail world can break into the yuletide spirit two months in advance, then so can Bing Crosby. “White Christmas” isn’t just a seasonal favorite – the DMDB ranks it as the #1 song of all time.

Much of its rating can be attributed to an estimated 56 million sales worldwide, putting it nearly 20 million ahead of its closest competition, Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind 1997”. Bing perched atop the charts for 11 weeks in 1942. The song recharted eleven times over the next dozen years, even picking up two more weeks at #1 in 1945 and a fourteenth overall week on top in 1947. The song logged over 100 weeks on the pop charts over 20 Christmas seasons.

Irving Berlin, who was often insecure about his work, referred to “White Christmas” not just as the best one he’d ever written, but the best anyone had ever written. LW-84 He wrote his “beautiful, longing ode to snow and the Christmas spirit” BC for the film Holiday Inn; it even won the Academy Award for Best Song. However, much of its success had to do with its addition to the Armed Forces Radio playlist. NPR The song “captures both the celebration and underlying melancholy present for many at the holiday,” BC a theme which resonated with soldiers yearning for better times when they were back home. LW-84

The song also took on a life beyond Bing’s recording. The five million in sales for the sheet music made it one of the ten best-selling sheet music songs of the first half of the century. PM-634 With over 500 versions in dozens of languages, “White Christmas” has also become the most recorded Christmas song. BC At the end of 1998, ASCAP named it the most-performed holiday song of the century. The song is also notable for helping to usher in the era in which performers outdistanced the songwriters in popularity. “Tin Pan Alley had passed into history.” NPR


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