Often when people say that someone was "born a star," it's an exaggeration -- not with Whitney Houston. Born into a family of singers, Houston had the singing bug right away and she was a natural at it.

Since the age of 15, she was belting notes on wax, singing background on Chaka Khan's 'I'm Every Woman' and later, she fittingly, remade the anthem, paying homage to her beginnings.

Clive Davis spotted her singing beside her mother Cissy Houston in a club and took her under his wing immediately. The songbird was an instant phenom -- she become the first woman to go diamond -- and this was just with her self-titled debut LP. With nearly every R&B singer claiming her as an inspiration, Houston made an indelible mark on what makes one a legend.

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