Piece image

Whitney

From: Whitney Jones
Length: 03:56

Embed_button
An essay about growing up in the 80's and 90's as a male named Whitney and as a result the effect that Whitney Houston has had on my life.
Playing
Whitney
From
Whitney Jones

2011__2700_-_version_4_small An essay about growing up in the 80's and 90's as a male named Whitney and as a result the effect that Whitney Houston has had on my life.

Piece Description

Transcript

My name is Whitney Jones and I was born in 1984. My parents were convinced that I was going to be a girl. When I was born male they said I “Didn’t look like a Garrett” and they ditched the boy’s name they had chosen. The doctor reassured them they could still use their girl’s name...and Whitney is a girl’s name.

[Start “How Will I Know”]

The year I was born, 92% of all Whitneys were female. By 1988, Whitney had peaked as the 32nd most popular girls name in the country. That meant that I went to school with a lot of Whitneys. All of them were girls. I give Whitney Houston credit for the name’s sudden popularity. In 1985, while I was celebrating my first birthday, she released "Whitney Houston," one of the best-selling albums ever. Her continued popularity over the next decade was a thorn in the side of my childhood.

[Music out]

Monmouth Elementary School is made up of two parallel b...
Read the full transcript

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

In this essay, producer Whitney Jones talks about what it was like sharing his name with one of the biggest pop stars in the world, Whitney Houston.

OUTRO:

That was a piece from producer Whitney Jones.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
How Will I Know Whitney Houston Whitney Houston. Arista Records 1985 :00
I Will Always Love You Whitney Houston The Bodyguard (Original Soundtrack Album). Arista Records 1992 :00