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John Russell Houston


Facts of John Russell Houston

Full NameJohn Russell Houston
First NameJohn
Middle NameRussell
Last NameHouston
ProfessionArmy serviceman and entertainment executive
Birth CityTrenton, Mercer Country, New Jersey
Birth CountryUnited States
Father NameJohn Russell Houston Sr.
Mother NameSarah Elizabeth Collins Houston
Gender IdentityMale
Sexual OrientationStraight
No Of Children5
Date of BirthSeptember 13,1920
Age103 years

John Russell Houston was an Army serviceman and entertainment executive.

He is recognized as the former husband of singer late Cissy Houston and the father of singer and actress late Whitney Houston.

His Married Life And Children

He was married thrice in his life. The name of his first wife is not available on Wiki sites.

He got married to Cissy Houston in 1959. They had two children, a son and a daughter. 

His son's name is Michael Houston, and he is a singer

Their married life was going well, but after spending more than three decades together, they decided to separate

They got divorced in 1990. 

Afterward, he got married to Barbara Peggy Houston. The couple was together till the last breath of John

They had one daughter together named Alana Houston

He had one more son with a relationship with Elsie Hamilton. His name is John Russell Houston III

John Russell Houston former wife Cissy Houston and their children Whitney Houston and Michael Houston.
John Russell Houston former wife Cissy Houston and their children Whitney Houston and Michael Houston. Source: New York Times

His Former Wife, Cissy Houston

Cissy Houston's birth name Emily Drinkard is best known for her singing backup for famous singers such as Roy Hamilton, Aretha Franklin, and many more. 

She has won two Grammy Awards for her work.

She was born on 30 September 1933 in Newark, New Jersey, United States

Her parents are late Nitcholas and late Delia Mae Drinkard. She was raised with her seven siblings

She began her career in singing in 1938 with her older siblings group. 

She is one of the most versatile artists and one of the most successful artists. 

She was married to Freddie Garland in 1955 for the first time. They had one son together. 

Their married life lasted only two years. 

Currently, she is 86 years old and battling dementia.

John Russell Houston's former wife, Cissy Houston with her daughter Whitney Houston.
John Russell Houston's former wife, Cissy Houston with her daughter Whitney Houston. Source: Pinterest

Daughter, Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston, full name Whitney Elizabeth Houston, was born on 9 August 1963 in Newark, New Jersey, United States

She had one older brother named Michael Houston and one half -brother Gary Garland who is a famous former professional basketball player from her mother's side. 

Her mother taught her how to sing when she was young. 

She started singing in the choir of The New Hope Baptist Church in Newark at the age of eleven. 

She is best known for her song 'I Will Always Love You.' 

She was married to singer Bobby Brown in 1992. They had one daughter together. They got divorced in 2007

She was found unconscious in her hotel room, submerged in the bathtub on 11 February 2012

She was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. that day. 

The cause of death was not known immediately, and later in the report, the cause of death was drowning and the effect of heart disease and cocaine use

John Russell Houston with his daughter.
John Russell Houston with his daughter. Source: Pinterest


He died at the age of 82 on 2 February 2003 in Fort Lee, Bergen County, New Jersey, United States

He had been battling diabetes and heart disease for a long time, and his health condition was not good for a long time. 

He was buried at Fairview Cemetery in New Jersey, United States

His daughter admitted to taking drugs?

Whitney back then shared how she was sweet while a child, and she did sing. Other than that, she confessed that she couldn’t even date her date in her 20s

She confronted it for being so much rough. She thinks that she kind of reverted back as she got older and thought that she was now going to a party. 

She acclaims that there was a rebel in her. Continuing the conversation, the actress said that crack is cheap and said that she doesn’t do that crack. 

The biggest devil for Whitney is her, her designing, and it’s her heart that’s what she wants. Further, Whitney said that she doesn’t want anyone to make her do anything. 

The actress said that her biggest devil is herself. 

Recalling Whitney’s older days

The artist Whitney went to Mount Saint Dominic Academy. Basically, it was a Catholic all-girls school situated in Caldwell, New Jersey

It’s been told that her favorite class to attend was history, whereas her all-time favorite color was lavender. 

At Mount Saint Dominic, the actress got to meet her closest friend named Robyn Crawford, who later portrayed the role of a sister she never had. 

Other than that, back in the year 1980s, Whitney was found by a great photographer while she was performing at Carnegie Hall with her mom. 

She got an opportunity to be on the cover of Seventeen magazine and also posed for Cosmopolitan, Young Miss, and Glamour too. 

She is considered to be the first young African-American woman to be on that cover. Well, her girl next door charm and personality were liked. 

Moreover, the lady also was captured in the advertisement for Canada Dry ginger ale. Also, Whitney’s popularity has allowed institutions to be named in her honor. 

In 1997, the school named Franklin in her hometown was renamed the Whitney E. Houston School of Creative and Performing Arts

Not only this, Boston, Massachusetts’ National Birth Disorder Center was also renamed the Whitney Houston Hearing and Language Disorder Clinic later.

The nickname Nippy was given by him to his daughter Whitney

Whitney was called by her nickname Nippy, which was provided by her father. He was inspired by the character in the comic he used to read. 

Whitney, during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, said that her father kept the name because she was always on the move and would swiftly move her head or arms.

Her mother, in a documentary, said they called her “Nippy” as a term of endearment and that they loved her so much. 

She was so cute and so full of life, she said.

Was her daughter in a secret love affair with her best friend?

There was a rumor of her daughter being in a love affair with her best friend, Robyn Crawford until her best friend broke her silence in her memoir ”A Song For You” in 2019

She openly discussed her relationship with Whitney, who was not only her best friend but roommate, while appearing in an interview with TODAY back in 2019

She said that she watched her best friend rise to the top of her game, so she felt compelled to share that Whitney was behind all the fame. 

Since she was always by Whitney’s side, people speculated them to be in a relationship, but they never openly talked about their relationship. 

According to Crawford, she never envisioned speaking about her life publicly, but then she started questioning what Whitney would want and if Whitney understood the time was now. 

She revealed being intimate on many levels and that they were very deeply connected.

Whitney and Crawford first met when Whitney was 17. They have been inseparable since then. 

It was a deep friendship, and in the early part of their friendship, it was physical, Crawford said. 

She also said that their physical intimacy came to an end after Whitney became a star. 

She recalled Whitney telling her that they shouldn’t be physical anymore, giving the reason that the music business was a world that they were learning, and they didn’t want anything to interfere with where she (Whitney) was going. 

When asked if she was angry, sad, or disappointed, she simply said that she just felt that she wouldn’t be losing much because she still loved her, and Whitney loved her too, which, according to her, was enough for her.

Net Worth

His former wife, Cissy Houston, has a net worth of 7 million dollars

She manages to earn that sum of income from her long career in singing.

She has released several albums and singles throughout her career. 

His daughter Whitney had a negative net worth at the time of her death. 

She had 20 million dollars in debt to her record label Sony when she passed away. 

She sold 200 million albums in her life. She is one of the best-selling artists of all time. 

She had released seven studio albums in her lifetime. They are shown below.

Year Album
1985Whitney Houston
1990I'm Your Baby Tonight
1998My Love Is Your Love
2002Just Whitney
2009I Look To You


  1. He was born on 13 September 1920 in Trenton, Mercer Country, New Jersey, United States.
  2. He was American by nationality.
  3. His parents were the late John Russell Houston Sr. and the late Sarah Elizabeth Collins Houston.
  4. He was African-American by descent.
  5. His granddaughter Bobbi Kristina Brown died at the age of 22.

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Updated On Mon Aug 28 2023 Published On Sat Jun 13 2020 By paper-boat

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