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Old 06-04-2016, 01:53 PM   #1
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Default ALI-Lightfoot - Houston - The Greatest Love of All -

MUHAMMAD ALI/Gordon Lightfoot/WHitney Houston/The Greatest Love of All written for the Ali biopic in 1977 - Linda Creed and Michael Masser wrote the song (which inadvertently nicked 24 bars from Gordon Lightfoot’s ‘If You Could Read My Mind”) (out of respect for Whitney Lightfoot did not pursue a lawsuit)

video of biopic and audio of George Benson singing the song for the movie..

http://www.showbiz411.com/2016/06/04...c-the-greatest

“The Greatest Love of All” Was Written for Muhammad Ali BioPic “The Greatest”

Before Whitney Houston turned it into her anthem, “The Greatest Love of All” was sung by George Benson for a biopic of Muhammad Ali called “The Greatest.”

Linda Creed and Michael Masser wrote the song (which inadvertently nicked 24 bars from Gordon Lightfoot’s ‘If You Could Read My Mind”). Benson had an R&B hit with it from the soundtrack on Arista Records. When Whitney came along a few years later, Clive Davis and Gerry Griffiths had her re-record it for her first album. The rest is history.

Ring Lardner Jr. wrote the screenplay for “The Greatest” based on Ali’s autobiography. Tom Gries directed. Ali played himself. The movie co-starred Ernest Borgnine and John Marley.
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