SHOW BUSINESS: David Foster: The True King of Pop

If a song's No. 1, look for David Foster's name on the label

You probably couldn't pick David Foster out of a lineup, but if you could, you might want to kiss his ring -- or throttle him on the spot. Foster is a producer of inescapable songs, especially those ultraromantic ballads that seem to blare out of every boom box on the beach. They are sung by various performers, from stars like Whitney Houston to the new group All-4-One, but the songs all bear the unmistakable Foster touch: the soaring vocals, the lush arrangements dripping with strings and keyboards, the crescendos built on crescendos. Whether the sound is timeless or just stuck in...

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