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Michael Masser dies at 74; wrote hits for Diana Ross, Whitney Houston

Michael Masser dies at 74; wrote hits for Diana Ross, Whitney Houston

Michael Masser, whose hit-making collaborations with Whitney Houston and Diana Ross helped catapult the pop divas to new heights and propelled him to songwriting fame, has died at his home in Rancho Mirage. He was 74. A stockbroker before switching to music, Masser died July 9 and had been deteriorating since a stroke three years ago, said Kurt Vitolo, his business manager. Masser composed lush melodies that brought a universal sweep to lyrics of songs with widely disparate points of view, including "Saving All My Love for You," which depicts Houston as a woman in a dead-end affair with a married man, and "The Greatest Love of All," which he wrote with Linda Creed for...

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