Tattle: Aretha, Stevie to sing for Whitney

Stevie Wonder , at Sunday's Grammy Awards show.
Stevie Wonder , at Sunday's Grammy Awards show. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Posted: February 17, 2012

ARETHA FRANKLIN and Stevie Wonder will sing at Whitney Houston's private service tomorrow.

Publicist Kristen Foster also confirmed that invitations went out to Houston's ex-husband, Bobby Brown; her co-star in "The Bodyguard," Kevin Costner, and Oprah Winfrey.

Houston's longtime musical mentor, Clive Davis, will speak at the funeral. The eulogy will be given by gospel singer and longtime family friend Marvin Winans.

To keep away gawkers, Newark, N.J., police say streets will be shut down for six square blocks around the church.

* RadarOnline.com reports that Whitney failed a routine medical check two weeks before being found dead in the bathtub of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Radar Online says Whitney was seeking a facelift.

A Radar source said Dr. Marc Mani refused to perform the procedure after Whitney flunked the exam testing her heart, lungs and liver.

No bone to pick . . .

The New York City Health Department says it will again grant a one-day waiver of its rule against pets in restaurants.

That's for pets. Not rats.

This year's winner of the Westminster Dog Show, Malachy, a Pekingese, enjoyed the traditional victory meal at Sardi's in the theater district on Wednesday, chowing down on his favorite, chicken and rice.

The dog was served in a private room away from other diners, but the New York Post reported yesterday that the Health Department would force future winners to make do with a doggie bag.

But Health Department spokesman John Kelly said Health Commissioner Thomas Farley would again grant a one-day waiver to Sardi's for next year's champion.

Good thing it's Sardi's. In some New York restaurants, they might eat Malachy.


* More than 1,000 people in

Nashville attended the world premiere of the independent film "Deadline," which was made in the country-music capital and was inspired by the true story of how a newspaper helped solve a racially motivated killing in a small town.

The Tennessean, Nashville's daily, provided the set for the movie's fictitious newsroom.

Young folks in the audience were thoroughly confused by the notion of people reading news off paper.

* CNN and longtime talk-show

host Larry King are cutting ties 14 months after his prime-time series ended.

As long as they're not cutting suspenders.

Amanda Knox has a book


The young exchange student whose conviction in Italy and eventual acquittal on murder charges made headlines worldwide has an agreement with HarperCollins to tell her story.

"Knox will give a full and unflinching account of the events that led to her arrest in Perugia and her struggles with the complexities of the Italian judicial system," HarperCollins said in a statement yesterday.

Tattle's title: The Postman Always Knox Twice.

* Illinois is seriously considering

a pole tax. State lawmakers want to impose a $5 surcharge to get into strip clubs.

* Jazz and funk musician Troy

"Trombone Shorty" Andrews is performing on Mardi Gras . . . at the White House.

Andrews and his Orleans Avenue band will join B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo, Mick Jagger and others on Tuesday for President and Michelle Obama at a Black History Month event called "In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues."

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