Just on the strength of that acapella opening to I Will Always Love You, Whitney Houston was a performer of extraordinary power.
Add to that six Grammys, 11 US and four UK number ones and she is firmly in the pantheon of the greats.
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The lurid headlines following her death have obscured this amazing legacy.
As her family and friends including Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder lay her to rest, HELLO! Online remembers the star who touched so many lives.