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Whitney is the second album by Whitney Houston. The album was released on June 2, 1987 on Arista Records.

Album Background\ProductionEdit

TracklistingEdit

  1. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) (4:52)-[written by George Merrill & Shannon Rubicam; produced by Narada Michael Walden]
  2. Just the Lonely Talking Again (5:34)-[written by Sam Dees; produced by Narada Michael Walden]
  3. Love Will Save the Day (5:25)-[written by Toni C; produced by Jellybean]
  4. Didn't We Almost Have It All (5:07)-[written by Michael Masser & Will Jennings; produced by Michael Masser]
  5. So Emotional (4:37)-[written by Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly; produced by Narada Michael Walden]
  6. Where You Are (4:11)-[written by LeMel Humes, James Calabrese, & Dyan Humes; produced by Kashif]
  7. Love is a Contact Sport (4:19)-[written by Preston Glass; produced by Narada Michael Walden]
  8. You're Still My Man (4:18)-[written by Michael Masser & Gerry Goffin; produced by Michael Masser]
  9. For the Love of You (5:33)-[written by O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Marvin Isley, & Chris Jasper; produced by Narada Michael Walden]
  10. Where Do Broken Hearts Go (4:38)-[written by Frank Wildhorn & Chuck Jackson; produced by Narada Michael Walden]
  11. I Know Him So Well (feat. Cissy Houston) (4:30)-[written by Tim Rice, Benny Andersson, & Björn Ulvaeus; produced by Narada Michael Walden]

PersonnelEdit

I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)

  • Narada Michael Walden – drums
  • Walter "Baby Love" Afanasieff – Synthesizers
  • Randy Jackson – bass synth
  • Corrado Rustici – guitar synth
  • Preston Glass – percussion programming
  • Marc Russo – alto sax
  • Greg "Gigi" Gonaway – Simmons
  • Sterling – synth horns
  • Background vocals – Jim Gilstrap, Kitty Beethoven, Kevin Dorsey, Myrna Matthews, Jennifer Hall, Whitney Houston

Just the Lonely Talking Again

  • Narada Michael Walden – Brushes on the Kit of Life
  • Frank Martin – DX7 Vibes, Synthesizers
  • Corrado Rustici – guitar synth
  • Kenny G – tenor sax
  • Background vocals – Jim Gilstrap, Kitty Beethoven, Niki Haris, Jennifer Hall
  • Strings arranged and conducted by Michael Gibbs

Love Will Save the Day

  • Jellybean – drum programming
  • Linden Aaron – Simmons Toms
  • Jack Waldman, Fred Zarr – Synthesizers
  • Paul Jackson, Jr. – guitar
  • Roy Ayers – vibes
  • Paulinho da Costa, Bashiri Johnson, Sammy Figueroa – percussion
  • Background vocals – Whitney Houston

Didn't We Almost Have It All

  • John Robinson – drums
  • Paul Jackson, Jr. – guitar
  • Nathan East – bass
  • Robbie Buchanan – Rhodes, acoustic piano, rhythm arrangement
  • Lee Holdridge – string arrangement

So Emotional

  • Narada Michael Walden – drums
  • Walter "Baby Love" Afanasieff – keyboards, synth bass
  • Corrado Rustici – guitar synth
  • Bongo Bob – percussion programming, drum sampling
  • Background vocals – Whitney Houston

Where You Are

  • Kashif, Ralph Schukett – keyboard, synths
  • Kashif – programming, rhythm arrangement
  • Paul Leim – drums
  • Bashiri Johnson – percussion
  • Marcus Miller – bass
  • Dann Huff, Ira Siegel, Paul Pesco – guitar
  • Vincent Henry – sax solo
  • Gene Page – string and horn arrangements
  • Background vocals – Whitney Houston, Kashif

Love Is a Contact Sport

  • Narada Michael Walden – drums
  • Preston Glass – keyboards, syhth strings, percussion programming
  • Paul Leim – drums
  • Walter Afanasieff – DX7, Prophet 2002, Oberheim, Matrix-12
  • Cory Lerios – Oberheim Expander
  • Randy Jackson – electric bass
  • Corrado Rustici – guitar synth
  • Shambhu Neil Vineberg – acoustic guitar Takamine
  • Bongo Bob – percussion programming
  • Greg "Gigi" Gonaway – Simmons, tambourine
  • Kenny G – tenor saxophone
  • Raul Rekou – congas
  • Jerry Hey – horn arrangements
  • Horn section – Jerry Hey, Marc Russo, Wanye Wallace, Premik Russell Tubbs
  • Background vocals – Jim Gilstrap, Kitty Beethoven, Niki Haris, Claytoven Richardson, Jennifer Hall

You're Still My Man

  • Robbie Buchanan – Rhodes piano
  • Randy Kerber – acoustic piano
  • Nathan East – bass
  • Paul Jackson, Jr. – guitar
  • John Robinson – drums
  • Michael Boddicker – synths
  • Gene Page – string and rhythm arrangements

For the Love of You

  • Narada Michael Walden – drum programming
  • Randy Jackson – Moog synthesizer
  • Preston Glass – DX7, Oberheim, Matrix-12, Birds
  • Kenny G – alto sax Lyricon
  • Raul Rekou – congas
  • Background vocals – Whitney Houston

Where Do Broken Hearts Go

  • Narada Michael Walden – drum programming
  • Frank Martin – piano, synths
  • Preston Glass – synth programming, bells
  • Randy Jackson – bass synth
  • Corrado Rustici – guitar synth
  • Greg "Gigi" Gonaway – Simmons
  • Strings arranged and conducted by Michael Gibbs
  • Background vocals – Jim Gilstrap, Kitty Beethoven, Niki Haris, Jennifer Hall

I Know Him So Well

  • Narada Michael Walden – acoustic drums
  • Walter "Baby Love" Afanasieff – Kurzweil, DX7, Super Jupiter
  • Preston Glass – DX7
  • Cory Lerios – synth
  • Randy Jackson – electric bass
  • Corrado Rustici – guitar synth
  • Strings arranged and conducted by Michael Gibbs


  • Produced and arranged by Narada Michael Walden
  • Recorded and mixed by David Frazer
  • Assistant engineer – Dana Jon Chappelle
  • Additional engineers – Lincoln Clapp, Gordon Lyon, Jay Rifkin, Ken Kessie, & Maureen Droney
  • Additional assistant engineers – Gordon Lyon, Stuart Hirotsu, Paul "Goatee" Hamingson, Noah Baron, Bill "Sweet William" Miranda, Ross Williams, & Rob Beaton
  • Produced by Jellybean Benitez
  • Arranged by Jack Waldman and Toni C.
  • Engineers – Michael Hutchinson, Doc Dougherty
  • Additional engineer – Dennis McKay
  • Assistant engineers – Nick Delre, Toni Greene, Jay Healy, Fernando Kral, Tony Maserati, Paul Pesce, Don Peterkofsky, Tim Reppert, Mark Roule, & Craig Vogel
  • Mix engineer – Michael Hutchinson
  • Produced by Michael Masser
  • Engineers – Michael DeLugg, Dean Burt, Jim Boyer, Mike Mancini, Russ Terrano & Fred Law
  • Assistant engineers – Fernando Kral & Tony Maserati
  • Mix engineer – Russ Torrano
  • Production coordinator – Alicia Winfield
  • Produced by Kashif
  • Engineer – Darroll Gustamachio
  • Additional engineers – Russ Terrana & Calvin Harris
  • Assistant engineers – Larry Smith, Dennis Mitchell, Bob Loftus, Steve MacMillian, Mike Ross, Mike Dotson, Amy Ziffer, Milton Chan & John Drankchak
  • Mix engineer – Darroll Gustamachio
  • Production coordinator – Russell Sidelsky
  • Mastered at Sterling Sound by George Marino
  • Vocal arrangements by Whitney Houston
  • Executive producer: Clive Davis
  • Front cover and inner sleeve photographs by Richard Avedon
  • Design by Marl Larson
  • Hand lettering by Bernard Maisner
  • Art production by Milton Sincoff

Album Chart PerformanceEdit

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