Gary Garland or Gary Houston sat with his wife Patricia for the first interview with Oprah since his beloved sister Whitney Houston passed away last month. What do you know about Whitney’s big brother Gary?
Many of you are familiar with Whitney Houston big brother Gary Garland Houston, but others not so much so we have some interesting info about him that we’d love to share with you..
Gary was born in East Orange, New Jersey on October 12th, 1957 this will make his age of 54Gary Garland the first son Cissy Houston and her first husband Freddie Garland had, they got married in 1955 right after his maternal grandfather Nitcholas Drinkard died, Cissy and Freddie divorced two years later.
She then got married Gary’s stepfather John Houston an Army serviceman and entertainment executive in 1959, Gary soon became the big brother of his younger siblings Michael Houston and his sister Whitney.
Gary attended Clifford J. Scott High School in Eat Orange and then went to DePaul University, it was there that Gary became a sensational basketball player with The Blue Devils (1975-1979), made three NCAA Tournament appearances, two time NCAA Tournament All-Region honors (1978-79) was named 1979 MVP, his voice granted him the honor of performing the National Anthem before the games, because of that he was known as “Music Man”, Gary Garland Houston was inducted into DePaul University Athletic Hall Of Fame in 2005. He was drafted by The Denver Nuggets during the the 2nd round (30th pick) of the 1979 NBA Draft, made his debut on October 14, 1979. He left the NBA in 1980.
Gary was seen on stage with his sister on various occasions (since he was a backup singer for Whitney), he has a terrific voice, one that comes to my mind was back on 1987 when Whitney was performing in Washington, she called him to the stage and they sang Endless Love, and who can forget when Gary performed a gospel song “Wonderful Counselor” with his mother Cissy and little sister, I am breathless!!
Gary got married to Patricia Watson (her brother Billy was Whitney’s bodyguard who found her dead), who became his sister’s long time manager and best friend.