April 1988: Whitney Houston Hits No. 1 with "Where Do Broken Hearts Go"

Whitney Houston

The fourth single from Houston's second album, "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" launched the glamour girl into the stratosphere, officially setting her apart as the only artist ever to wind up with seven consecutive No. 1's.

RELATED: April 1988: Whitney Houston Becomes the First Artist to Score Seven Consecutive No. 1's

Written by Jekyll & Hyde composer Frank Wildhorn and R&B singer Chuck Jackson, this ballad about heartbreak and its pleas was the final in Houston's record-breaking series of hits, surpassing the 6-hit total held prior by The Beatles and The BeeGees. After discovering Houston by stumbling onto her 1984 duet with Teddy Pendergrass, "Hold Me", Wildhorn jumped at the opportunity to work together with the dynamic singer. 

"I sat there at the piano," Wildhorn reminisced to Billboard, "and in about 40 minutes, 90% of the sketch of the song was done. I called (Jackson) back and said, 'You gotta come over here tonight because I think we've got something." The duo joined forces that night, finished the tune, and when the song was released in February 1988 - the rest became history. 

The Peter Israelson-directed music video for the romantic tune depicts Houston walking through her dressing room after receiving a package of roses and a farewell note from her boyfriend. She begins reminiscing about the good times in their past relationship, including memories of ballroom dancing at the end of a grand staircase, a goodbye kiss, before Houston ultimately reunites with her boyfriend.

"Where Do Broken Hearts Go" would top the Hot 100 as the last in Houston's remarkable 7-hit string, while making also a No. 1 appearance on the Adult Contemporary, No. 2 on the R&B Chart. 

Artist Name

Read More

Are you somewhere feeling lonely? Hello, here's the Lionel Richie throwback tune you've been looking for.
article column overlay
Anthony Barboza/Getty Images
This week on My Classic Soul podcast, hosts Bethany Dawson and David Nathan, the founder of SoulMusic.com, honor award-winning songstress Roberta Flack and her celebrated debut album 'First Take'.
article column overlay
With one of the greatest and most distinctive voices in contemporary music, the late Ali Woodson enjoyed a distinguished career as the lead singer of the legendary Temptations (1984–86, then 1988-96) performing worldwide and giving the Motown stalwarts one of their biggest hits with 1984's "Treat Her Like A Lady" as well as 1986's US R&B hit single, "Lady Soul."
article column overlay

Facebook Comments