Clive Davis: 'You Won't Forget' Whitney Houston's New Album
Legendary Music Producer Says Houston's New Songs Highlight Her Strength

Whitney Houston is the most honored female artist of all time. She's the only artist ever to have seven consecutive multiplatinum albums, beating out even the Beatles. And now the man who has been with her from the start is talking about her comeback and sharing his memories of her extraordinary career.

Legendary music producer Clive Davis remembers Houston as that young girl who first gave us her remarkable sound, made famous in songs like "The Greatest Love of All" and "I Will Always Love You."

Just the name Whitney Houston brings to mind that voice: the musical range, the enormous range of emotion, and a kind of power that can make a perfect arrow out of just one note.

"The time that I first saw her singing in her mother's act in a club called Sweet Waters right here in Manhattan ... it was such a stunning impact," Davis told "Good Morning America" anchor Diane Sawyer. "To hear this young girl breathe such fire into this song. I mean, it really sent the proverbial tingles up my spine."

Houston made the same impact across the country when introduced for the first time on television, 25 years ago.

"I remember going on Merv Griffin's show and I remember introducing Whitney for the first time," Davis said. "Whitney came on and she sang the song 'Home' from 'The Wiz,' and that was our first public performance together."

Even with Houston's debut success and enormous talent, it took two years to release her first album.

"People say, 'what takes so long?'" Davis said. "You've got to make sure that no matter how outstanding an artist is ... If you don't have special material, if you don't have the right material, you're not going to make the impact that you want to make."

Houston's first single, "You Give Good Love" went to number one on the Billboard charts. Then came a string of number one hits -- seven in all -- breaking a record set by the Beatles.

"When you are breaking records like that you really have to pinch yourself," Davis said.

Houston's New Album

Houston was also the first artist to make a chart-topping hit out of the national anthem.

Her performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XXV in 1991 was recorded and sold as a fundraising effort for Gulf War soldiers, and it hit number 20 on the Billboard charts.

"Certainly, 'The Star Spangled Banner' is one of those vivid memories of America, indeed everyone everywhere, of hearing our national anthem performed in that manner," Davis said. "It was a stunning memory."

But for Davis, the making of the film "The Bodyguard" remains perhaps his fondest memory.

"When the first rush of 'The Bodyguard' was sent to me, there was little, if any, music at all," he said. "I mean, her acting was decent. It was good, but it was not bravura.

"I wrote a letter to the director and I said you've got to go back, you've got to shoot again," he continued. "We'll come up with music, we'll come up with great songs to show who Whitney is and what she is and why she needs to be protected by a bodyguard. And the director at the time didn't get it. He fought it."

But co-star Kevin Costner shared Davis' vision -- the director was fired and they changed the film.

"Of course, the rest is history because the songs are such a part of the film," he said. "The album has become the best-selling soundtrack album of all time."

And now more than seven years since we last heard from Houston, she's releasing a new album in September, titled "I Look to You."

"What I want the public to most know is that there's always room for creative artistry, there's always room for a great old time singer," he said. "An old time singer singing great songs."

The man who discovered her says he wants to show that Houston "still stands for the best of song writing, the best of singing -- and we know the public wants it."

"You won't forget it after you hear it," Davis said, calling the album a labor of love for all involved. "There is a song on this album which is called 'I Didn't Know My Own Strength' and it really speaks for Whitney. She tumbled but she didn't crumble."

Source:abc News


25年前(1983年)當惠妮第一次在美國電視節目(Merv Griffin's show)曝光,並現場演唱'Home'(百老匯名曲,出自'The Wiz'一劇)。Merv Griffin's show的成功曝光,是Clive老爹和惠妮的第一次公開合作。直至2年後(1985年),惠妮推出了個人首張專輯。


當惠妮的個人首支單曲"You Give Good Love",一推出馬上奪下排行榜冠軍,打破了由披頭四所留下的紀錄。這空前的成功,讓Clive老爹一度懷疑自己是不是在作夢。

惠妮也是第一個在超級盃(Super Bowl XXV,1991年)獻唱國歌,並以美國國歌單曲在單曲榜上打進前20名的歌手,當年惠妮演唱國歌的影像,著實深植人心,讓人感覺震撼。

Clive老爹也談及當初製作終極保鑣(The Bodyguard)電影及原聲帶的故事,時至今日'The Bodyguard'原聲帶,仍然是史上最暢銷的音樂專輯。

新專輯中有首單曲是'I Didn't Know My Own Strength',這單曲道盡了惠妮近年來的心路歷程,Clive老爹說:惠妮曾經跌倒過,但她並未因此被擊倒或崩潰!


回味一下,惠妮首支單曲"You Give Good Love"

You Give Good Love (1985 Tonight Show Live)


  1. 老爹真的全心全意為惠妮的回歸做了最大的努力!
    惠妮衝吧~~讓大家看到最棒的妳, 我會永遠愛著你!

  2. To a-farn:


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