David Foster will always love Whitney......

He will always love her
David Foster's new memoirs remember only the glory days of Whitney Houston's career, right down to her gentlemanly husband, Bobby Brown

Shinan Govani, National Post
Published: Tuesday, November 11, 2008

David Foster, the great Canadian song-enabler, has worked with 'em all, but he retains a special place in his heart for one Whitney Houston.

When he collaborated with the superstar songbird way back when on the sound-track of The Bodyguard, Foster enjoyed that rare kind of lightning-in-a-bottle-success. "In the months and years that followed," Foster writes in his new memoir, Hitman (Simon & Schuster), he often heard I Will Always Love You "described as the 'the love song of the century,' and I'm not going to argue with that."

Whether you loved or hated it, the producer goes on, "the song made you feel, and at the end of the day that's what it's all about."

When the Grammys came around in 1994, "all hell broke loose." Record of the year. Album of the yar. Best female pop vocal performance. Producer of the year. David and Whitney. Whitney and David. Together, they cleaned up.

It's fascinating to read--especially in the light of all the Whitney drama that was to follow -- Foster's take now on the then-nascent performer. "A revelation," he says she was in the studio. Also, a challenge. And get this: "You could feel she was in the room before you saw her, and you knew she was gone even if you hadn't seen her leave."

And what about Bobby Brown, her future husband and then future ex? Foster says he was "there all the time," in the control room, "egging her on." He goes on: "They were inseparable and fuelled each other with their manic energy, and she missed Bobby whenever he left the studio."

For the record, the great Canadian impresario insists here, "I didn't see any hint of abuse, or of drugs, but they certainly seemed addicted to each other. They loved each other to a point of serious codependency, and when Bobby was gone too she'd begin to fade. Maybe it was love's version of the shakes."

Source:National Post


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