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Mina salutes 'angel' Houston

'She invented a new way of singing,' Italian legend says

14 February, 18:18
Mina salutes 'angel' Houston (ANSA) - Rome, February 14 - Italian music legend Mina has saluted late soul-pop superstar Whitney Houston as an "angel" who invented a new way of singing.

"I want to keep her in my memory as I see her: tall, beautiful, talented beyond measure," the reclusive star told Vanity Fair.

"I don't know much about her life. But I know everything about her music. An angel who sings like that should have had something that sometimes seems an unattainable prize: a self-aware existence, a happy life.

"She really invented a way of singing, by no means easy, that they all tried to imitate.

"She became the touchstone, the litmus test, the model. "Untouchable".

Mina, 71, who bewitched audiences in the 1960 and '70s and has released sporadic recordings since, is reckoned by many the finest female pop singer Italy has produced. Louis Armstrong once called her ''the greatest white singer in the world''.

She was known for her three-octave vocal range and the agility of her soprano voice.

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