Tommy Mottola on Whitney Houston's death
Former chair of Sony Music speaks out
- Duration 5:24
- Date Feb 16, 2012
Former chair of Sony Music speaks out
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But it just for 12 I have right now are joining us.
Former chairman and CEO of Sony music entertainment.
My good friend Tommy Mottola Tommy thanks so much for calling in this evening.
Not Tommy what what can you tell us what it what do you know about Whitney and what's happened.
I was actually get home.
Earlier this evening and just kind of got a phone call that.
Kind of -- the mindset.
Probably what it just happened but of course very appropriate to -- yeah.
Internet and to the television the -- Find out about this horrible tragedy.
And and it it had you spoken to anyone in addition to what you found out Tommy about this I mean.
What we know Tommy is that her body is still at the hotel.
That apparently she was with friends they cold tried to resuscitate her but she was pronounced dead at 655.
Any any information from the ground and in the grammys or tomorrow everybody must be out an ally.
I'm still -- shock and I haven't.
Call anyone in LA yet and I'm sure that she was.
Probably in that hotel ready to attempt by davis' party tonight house because of course.
You know their relationship which.
You know it was like father and daughter -- It is if it's just -- an awful tragedy.
-- one of the greatest talents that it has ever come along and certainly one of the best voices that is ever been in the music business.
And of course Tommy you know full well about voices in the music business.
You thinking about her tonight as an issue as you look back well.
You know I remember getting a call from 511 night and asking me to come to a night -- Discovered and he had even recorded her yet.
And it was -- a small little club and I went there and so this girl saying if we which -- Paramount opened of course -- was -- -- and shortly after that within the year.
She had her first record but it was -- -- though.
Of course they went to number one to they're I remember today.
That I will always -- view deported.
Sitting in my office.
And and hearing that song -- to myself.
This'll probably be the biggest record of all time it's just -- that crystal clear beautiful.
-- -- Always -- -- had and her.
But it just breaking -- barriers.
Amaechi was historical broke all buried she had everything -- be chassis.
-- she performed beautifully she was incredible actress.
And this is just tragic it's absolutely tragic.
You know time and you do you when you talk about her songs that mean you know the greatest love of all and and how -- -- and all -- that great music that.
How is it that -- had a woman who was so talented and -- it's so much music royalty in her blood.
How did she get involved in in the downward spiral how does that happen you've been in the music business.
In the in the industry at the top of the -- for for many many years but what happens.
Well it can happen to anyone you know in any walk of life but unfortunately but you know I remember -- there's this young.
Beautiful vibrant by patients girl young girl.
With this incredible voice.
And just -- -- special talent.
But the pressures that come along where.
Becoming that bigger star.
Which is -- mega mega superstar.
It's it's overwhelming some -- And you know some people don't really understand.
That sometimes you can't.
-- that you can't tired.
From all the notoriety and all of the pressures that that brings along with it.
You know so you know each each individual response to it differently.
And some people are able to be strong enough to get through it and excited -- some people are not of course people go -- different relationships which can compound the situation.
But I just remember Whitney.
When I first bettors there's.
You know absolutely beautiful young girl coming right out of church read require.
Singing -- With what beyond Warwick and went -- -- but viciously Houston.
And you know it took it to lifted the art of what has happened to it's it's you know -- is.
I -- it it's it's just terrible tragic situation.
-- time Tommy I think that.
The whole country is in mourning right now for one of as you say one of the -- -- one of the most powerful voices of of our time and and I want to thank you for calling in on Tommy and joining us this evening Tommy Mottola.
Former chair of Sony music.