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by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, Michael Masser heard Whitney at Sweetwater's in New York and was mesmerized by the way she performed one of his songs, "The Greatest Love Of All
." He suggested another of his songs, "Saving All My Love For You," telling Whitney, "This is going to make women cry. It is a woman's song."
But Whitney's mother, Cissy Houston, was unsure, not wanting her daughter to sing about adultery. Eventually, Whitney agreed to do the song, though the subject matter was even clearer in the video.
Clive Davis instructed Masser not to make the record 'too black,' so it would appeal to black and white audiences. Masser included a sax solo from the veteran Tom Scott, but he did not complicate the arrangement as he wanted to showcase Whitney's voice.