Whitney Houston's legacy continues to grow more than two years after her death. As revealed on the Today show on Tuesday, Sept. 16, famed producer Clive Davis plans to release a compilation CD/DVD of the late superstar's greatest live performances — her first-ever live album.
"Stemming from the '80s and '90s, she, without question, was the greatest vocalist in the world. I want history to know that," Davis, who discovered Houston and also works with Jennifer Hudson and Aretha Franklin, told Today's Hoda Kotb of the "How Will I Know" singer. "This CD/DVD will establish that there was no one like her."
The record exec added that the new album — slated for release in November — has the blessing of Houston's family. "They've all helped me put this together," he said. "This is her legacy. This is a clarion call to the world that she was, in her time, the greatest singer."
Davis is credited with discovering Houston in the early 1980s, and then signing her to Arista in 1983. Under his tutelage, she became one of the biggest and most beloved recording artists in the world.
The two remained close until her death at age 48 on Feb. 11, 2012. In fact, Houston was supposed to attend Davis' pre-Grammys party that same weekend. "Whitney was a beautiful person and a talent beyond compare," he said at the event (via the Los Angeles Times). "She graced this stage with her regal presence and gave so many memorable performances here over the years. Simply put, Whitney would have wanted the music to go on."
Thanks to Davis, it will. "There's got to be an appreciation for her work," the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said on the Today show, citing Adele as an example of another great vocalist. "What we need in music today is the voice returning."
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