‘When I needed her, she was there.’ Never mind, the party must go on….
Pursuant to last week’s contention decision to continue hosting a pre Grammy party, Clive Davis yesterday decided at yesterday’s wake for the singer he once propelled to the stratosphere to take a conciliatory tone:
“… last week Whitney came to my hotel bungalow alone — no bodyguards, no security, just Whitney and me. And she played her new cuts from Sparkle for me and I played some new music that I liked for her. It was like old times and she looked at me and quietly said, “I want you to know I’m getting in shape. I’m swimming an hour or two a day and I’m committed to get my high notes back — no cigarettes — plenty of vocal exercising — Clive, I’ll be ready by August.”
To which the producer responded : “I’m going to to hold you to it,”
In fact over the years the producer had ostensibly aided and abetted the singer’s debauched lifestyle choices by continuously supplying with her batches of millions of dollars the singer would go on to use recklessly. At one point Clive Davis propped her up for a world tour, which although it did clear in the black was vehemently derided as one of the worst series of performances the singer had ever given to date.
Nevertheless the pair worked closely together for 3 decades, each helping each other create a stepping stone to vast riches and coveted positions within the entertainment business with Whitney Houston ultimately unable to sustain the wondrous journey her career once promised. Perhaps it was this desire to once again see his fallen idol reclaim the stage that prompted the producer to stand by the singer, even at her worst, which might not have been necessarily so difficult to do when he once helped engineer her at once her best….