01/19/2009 at 01:00 AM EST
• The producer, 58, whose hitmaking career is celebrated in the new concert CD/DVD Hit Man: David Foster & Friends, recalls some of his most memorable recordings.
WHITNEY HOUSTON, "I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU"
Whitney was filming [1992's The Bodyguard] all day and came into the studio at night. Dolly Parton [who wrote it and sang the original] called while we were recording. Whitney's mom was there and told me, "You're witnessing greatness."
CELINE DION, "BECAUSE YOU LOVED ME"
René [Angélil], her manager and husband, sent the song over, and I loved it. Celine came in the next day and sang it. To this day she is my favorite singer to work with because she trusts me so much. Whatever I ask her to do, she'll do. She never complains.
BARBRA STREISAND, "SOMEWHERE" After it was mixed, she asked me to bring it to her home in Malibu. It was a Saturday night, and she was throwing a party. I knocked on the door; Elizabeth Taylor answered it and said, "You must be the man with the music." She was in full evening wear. I was wearing jeans!
TONI BRAXTON, "UN-BREAK MY HEART" On the day she was doing vocals, she was sick, and between takes she'd go rest. You'd never know she [had a cold] on that song!