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Whitney Houston's first single recorded in Philadelphia

"Hold Me" with Teddy Pendergrass.

By now, news of Whitney Houston's death at the age of 48 has reverberated across the Internet.

But what a lot of people don't know is that she recorded her first single, "Hold Me," in Philadelphia in 1984 as a duet with the city's already-legendary Teddy Pendergrass. She was 20.

Both artists released the song as a single off their respective albums, Pendergrass's "Love Language" and Houston's self-titled debut. Though it was during the later part of Pendergrass's career, Houston was unknown at the time, and the pop ballad helped launch her to stardom.

 
 
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