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Born to a musical family (her mother was gospel singer Cissy Houston, pictured here with her daughter in 1983; Aretha Franklin was Whitney’s godmother, and Dionne Warwick a cousin), she sings backup at age 15 for her mother on Chaka Kahn’s hit ”I’m Every Woman.” Some 13 years later, Whitney would make her own version of the song a chart hit once again.
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