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George Benson pays affectionate homage to Nat King Cole

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BENSON AND COLE (INSET). Two-in-one treat.

Whitney Houston may have sung a more popular version of “The Greatest Love of All”—but, the vocal pipes of that show-stopping ballad’s original interpreter are nothing to scoff at, either: George Benson—who popularized the hit singles, “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For you,” “Give Me The Night” and “In Your Eyes”—first sang the song for the soundtrack of “The Greatest,” Muhammad Ali’s 1977 biopic.

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‘Always … Whitney Houston’ tonight on GMA News TV

Whitney Houston. AFP file photo

On the eve of the first anniversary of Whitney Houston’s passing, GMA News TV airs “Always …Whitney Houston,” a documentary that takes viewers through the journey of her career and how it began like a magical dream.

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CBS to air special on Houston’s death and Grammys

Dated February 23, 2000 files photo shows US singer Whitney Houston holding her Grammy award for Best Female Rythm and Blues Vocal Performance for "It's Not Right but It's Okay" at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  Grammy-winning pop legend and actress Whitney Houston was found dead Saturday in a Beverly Hills hotel, police said. She was 48, her publicist confirmed.  AFP FILE PHOTO

CBS says it will air a behind-the-scenes look at how Whitney Houston’s death affected the 2012 Grammy Awards.

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Halle Berry on daughter, Whitney Houston and possible move to France

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HALLE Berry:  “I hope, within my industry, I’ve made some small contributions that will carry on.” photo: ruben nepales

LOS ANGELES – Halle Berry was passionate in her explanation of how the late Whitney Houston inspired her. “I remember when I first really became aware of her,” said Halle, gorgeous in a sweater, pants and boots in a meeting room at the Beverly Hilton. “I was probably 16 or 17 years old in the [...]

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‘Sparkle’ shimmers with Whitney’s swan songs

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SPARKS AND HOUSTON. Glorious fusion of sensational voices.

There’s a lot of buzz over the big-screen incarnations of stage musicals like “Les Miserables” (starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe), “Annie” (with Willow Smith in the title role), a hip-hop “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and “Wicked”—all in various stages of production.

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Inadvertently ‘upstaged’ by Dolphy

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JUST a couple of weeks ago, the title of an article we wrote said it all: In show business, for some mysterious reason, “Tragedy Comes in Threes.” At the time, we were referring to the consecutive demise of Whitney Houston, Donna Summer and Robin Gibb. These days, however, it’s the local arts and entertainment scene that’s being beset by tragedy.

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Tragedy comes in threes

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Robin Gibb. AP

In show business, it’s been sadly noted that tragedy comes in threes. True enough, in the past couple of months, musical leave-takings started with the demise of Whitney Houston, followed by the death, after a struggle with cancer, of disco diva Donna Summer.

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Mary J. Blige misses Whitney Houston

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OBLIGE. Actively pursuing an acting career. RUBEN V. NEPALES

“It’s strange that you would say that right now, because this is the hotel she died in,” Mary J. Blige answered when asked by a reporter about the late Whitney Houston, who was her friend. We were at the Beverly Hilton where the pop superstar died last Feb. 11.

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Whitney Houston’s mother releases new gospel songs

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Whitney Houston’s mother has released a new album of gospel tunes, her first new music since her daughter’s death and in more than a decade.

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Whitney’s ex-husband denies drink driving

Bobby Brown stands outside prior to the funeral services for Whitney Houston at the New Hope Baptist Church on February 18, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey.  Bennett Raglin/Getty Images/AFP

Whitney Houston’s ex-husband, singer Bobby Brown, pleaded not guilty Monday to driving under the influence of alcohol weeks after her death.

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Houston possibly overdosed, face down in bath—coroner

Whitney Houston. AFP FILE PHOTO

Pop legend Whitney Houston possibly overdosed from drugs and alcohol, coroners said Wednesday, adding that a “spoon with a white crystal-like substance on it” was found in her hotel room.

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Whitney Houston memorabilia auctioned in LA

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A bustier worn on stage by Whitney Houston fetched $18,750 at an auction in Beverly Hills of memorabilia from the late pop star’s career.

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