1985 marked the start of Whitney Houston’s highly successful career. In February, Houston released her self-titled debut album, and from it, a string of Top 10 hits graced the airwaves, including her first number one, ‘Saving All My Love for You.’ The success of this single helped the pop singer gain traction and caught the eye of many legends, including Luther Vandross-who would ask Houston to open for him that year. “Saving All My Love for You” also earned her her first Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
The song was originally a minor hit in 1978 when Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. released it on their album, Marilyn & Billy. When the song’s co-writer, Michael Masser, met Houston after her performance at New York City’s Sweetwater club, she told him that “Saving All My Love for You” was one of her favorite songs and would love to record it. This is the same night Clive Davis offered her a record deal.
The music video that Houston released for the track brought about some controversy for its theme. Directed by Stuart Orme, the video depicts a singer having an emotional affair with her married producer. When asked about the theme of her video Houston said, “I could never find myself in that situation, but someone else might. The video tells a story but it’s by no means my story.” Even amidst the controversy, the video won an American Music Award in 1986 for Favorite Soul/R&B Video.