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America's amber waves of grain inspired teacher Katharine Lee Bates to write the poem later used in the song "America the Beautiful."

November 4, 2008 Election Day is a fine time to explore this anthem's timeless pull on America's heartstrings.

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A makeshift memorial is seen prior to the funeral services for Whitney Houston at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday.

February 19, 2012 As the singer was laid to rest, fans in her hometown took to the streets to offer memories.

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Whitney Houston performs in Germany in 2009. The singer died Saturday, leaving behind a superstar career riddled with achievements.

February 12, 2012 Singer Whitney Houston died Saturday, leaving behind a superstar career riddled with achievements.

Pop diva Whitney Houston was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room on the eve of the 54th Grammy Awards.

February 12, 2012 The pop diva's music was stellar, but her personal life was chaotic. She was 48.

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Whitney Houston performs in 1988.

February 12, 2012 Ann Powers on one of the world's biggest singers, who died at age 48 Saturday afternoon.

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January 29, 2010 More so than other genres, R&B seems to only have room for one reigning queen at a time.

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September 1, 2009 Whitney Houston makes a long-awaited comeback with her new album, I Look to You.

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September 1, 2009 Whitney Houston makes a long-awaited comeback with her new album, I Look to You.

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September 25, 2006 Commentator Jimi Izrael on Bobby Brown.

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June 30, 2005 The program follows 80s R&B star Bobby Brown and his wife, Whitney Houston.

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January 20, 2009 "The Star Spangled Banner" has inspired some memorable interpretations over the years.

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I Look to You

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  • Album: I Look to You
  • Artist: Whitney Houston
  • Label: Arista
  • Released: 2009
 

Star Spangled Banner [2001]

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  • Album: Star Spangled Banner [2001]
  • Artist: Whitney Houston
  • Label: Arista
  • Released: 2001
 

Battle Cry of Freedom

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  • Album: Battle Cry of Freedom
  • Artist: Robert Shaw Chorale
  • Label: RCA
  • Released: 1962
 

America, the Beautiful

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  • Album: America, the Beautiful
  • Artist: Ruby Braff/Dick Hyman
  • Label: Arbors
  • Released: 1984
 

The Essential Leontyne Price

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  • Album: The Essential Leontyne Price
  • Artist: Leontyne Price
  • Label: BMG
  • Released: 1996