Who knew. I'm sure her death has probably affected you more than most of us, but I still remember the chills that went down my spine and the goosebumps I had the night she sang the national anthem before the superbowl. If I remember correctly, it was the first superbowl game after 9/11. I never heard a better rendition of our anthem before that, and I haven't heard one since.
I remember that after the Super Bowl appearance, the next day it was Clive who was all over the fact that the sales department needed to get out a single to stores and our radio promotion department needed to try to get it some "spins".
In 1995 I sent Clive a memo that our artist Aretha Franklin never had a "live" album (with Arista and Atlantic records songs). She still doesn't. Whitney does not have one either. Both of these artists need to have LIVE albums available in their repetoire/catalog for posterity sake.
PS...I'm in the process of trying to start my own label. The catch is that it will only feature ONE song as the entire release, and will be availble for download only.....It's much cheaper in todays record business than making a full album.
Let us know when we can hear one of those live recordings on your label, north, and thanks for sharing that story about Ms. Houston. She was one of those rare artist whose reach stretches far beyond any one genre.
I was just reading this morning that Whitney still owed Arista Records 3 albums from the original 100 million deal she signed years ago. The article also believed she wasn't able to complete a lot of estate planning issues.