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Whitney Houston's isolated vocal track on 'How Will I Know': A true once-in-a-generation voice

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It should go without saying that Whitney Houston had a once-in-a-generation voice, the kind of soaring, peerless pipes that somehow made the highest, piercing notes sound effortlessly sung. But sometimes a reminder of such things is still helpful. Within hours of the news of Houston’s death hitting the Internet, a recording of her isolated vocal track on her number one charting hit “How Will I Know” went viral after comedian and radio host Jake Fogelnest posted it to his blog on Tumblr. Check out the recording below, and try not to get goosebumps: 

You can sometimes just make out the backing musical track coming through Houston’s earphones, but here’s the official music video for the song in case you’d like to hear the full track:

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