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Her songs became major hits for dozens of entertainers. Sadly, at the age of 26, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. In the spring of 1986, just weeks before her most famous composition, “The Greatest Love of All”, sung by Whitney Houston, would hit number #1 and make Houston a superstar, Creed died of her affliction at just 37 years of age. I remember hearing the news while a senior in high school, and to this day, am saddened that in the grand tradition of Jewish-American songwriters, Creed’s named is hardly ever mentioned. Some of this may be due to the fact that Creed primarily wrote for Black artists. As we approach the New Year tonight at sundown, a reminder that some things transcend time, ethnicity and indifference, and that love can conquer all. And, as someone who is dealing with a similar affliction, #fuckcancer. The Stylistics, You Are Everything. Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye, Stop, Look and Listen. Teddy Pendergrass and Whitney Houston, Hold Me . George Benson, The Greatest Love Of All. Dusty Springfield, I’m a Free Girl. The Chi-Lites, One Man Band. The Spinners, Living Just a Little, Laughing Just a Little. Ronnie Dyson, Point of No Return. Johnny Mathis, I’m Coming Home. Phyllis Hyman, Old Friend. Johnny Gill, Half Crazy. Little Anthony and the Imperials, Help Me Find A Way. Dionne Warwick, His House and Me. The Stylistics, You Make Me Feel Brand New. Love to you all. Ben “Bear” Brown Jr., ownerHost, Producer, Audio Engineer and Writer. “Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for ‘fair use’ for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.”. Mount Airy, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA. Songwriter, Producer. Born Linda Creed in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she started singing while attending Germantown High School. After graduation, she started singing on the Philadelphia night-club scene and eventually went to New York to get her "big break," according to her obituary in The Philadelphia Inquirer. When that didn't happen, she called her father for help in coming back home and she composed "I'm Coming Home" based on that experience. After being in a self-described "blue funk," Thom Bell, who worked at Philadelphia International Records in various writing and producing positions, suggested a songwriting partnership with Creed and she quickly found her role in the music business as a songwriter and producer. Their first composition, "Free Girl," was reportedly written a week after Bell's suggestion. The Creed-Bell team went on to become a song factory, cranking out hit after hit for more than a decade. They also became pillars of the Philadelphia Sound - a Philadelphia-inspired brand of soul music that began in the city in the late-1960s and produced numerous hits worldwide in the 1970s.