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It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be

  • Released : July 1989
  • Tracks: 5 Remixes, Think 1989 (Aretha Franklin)

  • Worldwide sales : 200,000
  • Peak Position : US No. 41, UK No. 29, Fr Not Charted

  • Song Info :
    Excerpt from "Aretha: From These Roots", Aretha Franklin's 1999 biography (Aretha Speaks about the recording of the "It Isn't..." duet)

    Aretha Franklin states: "Under Clive Davis' guidance, Cissy's daughter Whitney Houston, who I used to call Nippy and met as a little girl, was fast developing into a star. Because we were labelmates, and because she intimated in Jet and Ebony that I had inspired and influenced her, everyone thought a duet with Whitney was a good idea.

    As it went down, some things were misunderstood and we miscommunicated; we were very badly mismatched in terms of maturity and experience and sensitivity. It was something that never should have happened. I think Nippy felt unappreciated, and nothing could have been further from the truth. But the song, "It Ain't Never Gonna Be," turned out well, and I continue to appreciate her and sincerely wish her the best. I'm still her Aunt Ree, and she can come to me for support or advice anytime."

    Keep in mind that Whitney was in her early twenties at the time of which Aretha speaks.

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