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Clive Jay Davis (born April 4, 1932) is a Grammy Award winning record producer and a leading music industry executive. From 1967-72 he was the President of Columbia Records, was the founder and president of Arista Records in the late 1970s through late 1990s, founded J Records and is the President of RCA Records as well as J Records and Arista which makes up the RCA Music Group which he runs. In 2004 he was made chairman of the North American division of BMG. Davis is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer. is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1932 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Columbia Records is the oldest continually used brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888. ... Arista Records is an American record label that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony BMG, and operates under the RCA Records Group // After being fired from CBS Records, Columbia Pictures hired Clive Davis to be a consultant for the company’s record and music operations. ... J Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG, and is distributed through the RCA Records Group. ... RCA Records is one of the flagship labels of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ... J Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG, and is distributed through the RCA Records Group. ... Arista Records was founded in 1975 by Clive Davis, and named after his secondary school honor society. ... RCA Records Group is the group of three main labels, RCA Records, Arista Records, and J Records, which distributes the artists on those labels. ... BMG (Bertelsmann Music Group) is one of the six divisions of Bertelsmann. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ...

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Early life and career: The CBS years

Davis is from a working class Jewish-American family and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He was named Clive by his mother, who was a great fan of a British actor with that name. Davis graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from New York University College of Arts and Science in 1953 and received a scholarship to Harvard Law School. Davis graduated and practiced law in a small firm which folded, then moved on to the firm of Rosenman, Colin, Kaye, Petschek and Freund, which had CBS Records as a client. Davis was then hired by the legal department of CBS subsidiary Columbia Records. The term working class is used to denote a social class. ... For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... The Phi Beta Kappa Society is an honor society which considers its mission to be fostering and recognizing excellence in undergraduate liberal arts and sciences. ... The College of Arts and Science of New York University (CAS) is the oldest school at NYU, founded in 1832. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Harvard Law School, often referred to in shorthand as Harvard Law or HLS, is one of the professional graduate schools of Harvard University. ... Columbia Records is the oldest continually used brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ...


Davis became a protegé of CBS Records President Goddard Lieberson, and discovered a passion for music which led him up the ranks of Columbia/CBS. In 1967, he became president of CBS Records and, more or less by accident, he became a convert to the newest generation of folk rock and rock and roll. One of his earliest pop signings was the British folk-rock musician Donovan, who enjoyed a string of successful hit singles and albums released in the USA on the Epic label. Columbia Records is the oldest continually used brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888. ... Goddard Lieberson (April 5, 1911-May 29, 1977) was president of Columbia Records from 1956-71 & 1973-75. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Bob Dylans folk-rock album, Blonde on Blonde Folk-rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Donovan (Donovan Philips Leitch, born May 10, 1946, in Maryhill, Glasgow) is a Scottish singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ...


In June 1967, at the urging of his friend and business associate Lou Adler Davis attended the Monterey Pop Festival and was inspired by what he saw as the future of music. He immediately signed Janis Joplin and Big Brother & the Holding Company, and Columbia went on to sign Laura Nyro, Jimmie Spheeris, Electric Flag, Santana, Bruce Springsteen, Chicago, Billy Joel, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Pink Floyd.[1] The company, which had previously avoided rock music, doubled its market share in three years. One of the biggest recordings released during Davis' tenure at CBS Records was Lynn Anderson's "Rose Garden", in late 1970. It was Clive Davis who insisted "Rose Garden" be the country singer's next single release. The song reached number one in 16 countries around the world, won a slew of awards and made Lynn Anderson a household name. In 1972, Davis also signed the group Earth, Wind & Fire to CBS Records. Lou Adler (born December 13, 1933) is an American record producer, manager, and director. ... Poster promoting the festival The Monterey International Pop Music Festival took place from June 16 to June 18, 1967. ... Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – 4 October 1970) was an American blues-influenced rock singer and occasional songwriter with a distinctive voice. ... Janis Joplin on the cover of her posthumously-released live album In Concert Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 - October 4, 1970) was an American blues-influenced rock and soul singer and occasional songwriter with a distinctive voice. ... Laura Nyro (born Laura Nigro) (October 18, 1947 – April 8, 1997) was an American songwriter and singer, one of the most influential musicians to emerge in the 1960s. ... Jimmie Spheeris (November 5, 1949 - July 4, 1984) was an American singer, songwriter and musician who released several albums in the 1970s. ... The Electric Flag, formed in 1967, were a blues rock soul group led by guitarist Mike Bloomfield, keyboardist Barry Goldberg and bassist Harvey Brooks. ... Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (born July 20, 1947), known simply as Carlos Santana or Santana, is a Grammy Award-winning Mexican-born American Latin rock musician and guitarist. ... Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ... Chicago is a pop-rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. ... William Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer, pianist, songwriter, composer and musician. ... Blood, Sweat & Tears (also known as BS&T) was an American music group, formed in 1967 in New York City. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that earned recognition for their psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their avant-garde progressive rock music. ... Columbia Records is the oldest continually used brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888. ... Lynn Rene Anderson (born September 26, 1947) is a Grammy Award-winning, American country music singer. ... See: The White House Rose Garden. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... See: The White House Rose Garden. ... Lynn Rene Anderson (born September 26, 1947) is a Grammy Award-winning, American country music singer. ... Earth, Wind & Fire is a world-renowned American band which fuses different genres of music, formed in Chicago, Illinois, in 1969 and is led and founded by Maurice White. ... Columbia Records is the oldest continually used brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888. ...


In 1972, amid government investigations of financial irregularities in the record industry, CBS, nervous about losing its licenses, fired Davis and his Director of Artist Relations, David Wynshaw, charging that they had used company money for personal expenses. In 1976 he was convicted of tax evasion and sentenced the maximum fine of $10,000. The government dropped five other counts against him. Similar to most entertainment executives, he enjoyed padding the expense account - and got caught with his fingers in the cookie jar. There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Arista years

After being fired from CBS Records, Columbia Pictures hired Clive Davis to be a consultant for the company’s record and music operations. After taking time out to write his memoirs, he was offered the presidency of the division in late 1974. Davis subsequntly merged the various labels -- Colpix Records, Colgems Records and Bell Records -- into a new entity named Arista Records, ultimately buying a percentage of the company from Columbia Pictures. The label was named Arista after New York City's secondary school honor society (of which Davis was a member). Columbia Records is the oldest continually used brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... A blonde haired, very skilled worker with a 70s look. ... Colpix Records was the first recording company for Columbia Pictures/Screen Gems. ... Colgems Records was a record label which existed from 1966 to 1971. ... First US Bell Records Bell Records was the name of at least four different record companies in the 20th century. ... Arista Records is an American record label that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony BMG, and operates under the RCA Records Group // After being fired from CBS Records, Columbia Pictures hired Clive Davis to be a consultant for the company’s record and music operations. ...


This label has one of the most diverse lineups in the record industry. It has been home to Grammy Award winning pop superstar and the best-selling artist on label Whitney Houston, singer-songwriter Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, Monica, Gary Glitter, Exposé, Angie Aparo, Sarah McLachlan, Annie Lennox, saxophonist Kenny G, rappers The Notorious B.I.G. and Sean "Diddy" Combs, Aretha Franklin, Toni Braxton, Air Supply, Ace of Base, The Alpha Band, The Grateful Dead, TLC, Willie Nile, Bay City Rollers, Nona Hendryx, and Patti Smith among others. In the 1970s, Arista also had an extensive jazz line, most notably its Freedom imprint, concentrating on contemporary, sometimes avant-garde, musicians and widely praised reissues from the legendary Savoy label. This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) was an American pop and R&B singer, actress, film producer, and model. ... Barry Manilow is an American singer and songwriter best known for his recordings I Write the Songs, Mandy and Copacabana. His career achievements include selling more than 75 million records worldwide. ... Marie Dionne Warrick (born December 12, 1940 in East Orange, New Jersey), known professionally as Dionne Warwick, is an African-American singer best known for her work with Hal David and Burt Bacharach as songwriters and producers. ... Monica Denise Arnold (born October 24, 1980), professionally known as Monica, is a Grammy Award-winning American R&B singer, songwriter, composer and occasional actress. ... Paul Francis Gadd aka Gary Glitter (born May 8, 1944) is an English rock and pop singer and songwriter who had a string of chart successes with a collection of 1970s glam rock hits including Rock and Roll parts 1 & 2, I Love You Love Me Love, Im the... Exposé is a popular music girl group of the 1980s formed by record producer and songwriter Lewis A. Martineé. // Exposé was initially formed in 1984 when Martineé and his Pantera Productions talent scouts hired Sandra Casanas (Sandeé), Aléjandra Lorenzo (Alé), and Laurie Miller as the groups lineup. ... OMFGWTF!!!11 Wat a dooshbag! ... Sarah Ann McLachlan, OC,[2] OBC[2] (born January 28, 1968) is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter. ... Annie Lennox (born 25 December 1954) is an Oscar, BRIT, Grammy and Golden Globe award-winning Scottish pop musician and vocalist. ... Kenneth Gorelick (born June 5, 1956), better known by his stage name Kenny G, is an American saxophonist whose fourth album, Duotones, brought him breakthrough success[1] in 1986. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969)[1] is an American record producer, mogul, CEO, clothing designer, and a rapper. ... Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American soul, R&B, and gospel singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... Toni Michelle Braxton (born October 7, 1967 in Severn, Maryland) is a six-time Grammy Award-winning[1] American R&B singer, songwriter, and actress who was popular during the 1990s. ... Air Supply is a duo of soft rock musicians who had a succession of hits worldwide through the late 1970s and early 1980s. ... Ace of Base is a dance-pop band from Gothenburg, Sweden. ... The Alpha Band was a rock band formed in July of 1976 from the remnants of Bob Dylans Rolling Thunder Revue. ... Jerry Garcia later in life The Grateful Dead was an American rock band, which was formed in 1965 in San Francisco from the remnants of another band, Mother McCrees Uptown Jug Champions. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... During the 1980’s, New York City-based singer-songwriter Willie Nile released two albums on Arista, Willie Nile and Golden Down, and toured with The Who during one of their reunion tours across the U.S. The New York Times rock critic Robert Palmer said he is one of... The Bay City Rollers were a Scottish Pop/rock band of the 1970s. ... Nona Hendryx (born October 9, 1944) is a vocalist known for her work as a solo artist as well as one-third of the trio LaBelle. ... Patricia Lee (Patti) Smith (born December 30, 1946) is an American musician, singer, and poet. ... Flag of Savoy This article is about the historical region of Savoy. ...


Davis was parodied in part by Patrick Macnee, in the 1984 movie This is Spinal Tap and he figured prominently in the Frederic Dannen book Hit Men: Powerbrokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business (1990) which exposed the wheeling and dealing behind the scenes in the US record industry from the 1960s to the 1980s.[citation needed] On January 28, 1997, Davis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Patrick Macnee (born Daniel Patrick Macnee on February 6, 1922 in London) is an English born American actor. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... This Is Spin̈al Tap (which is officially spelled with a non-functional umlaut symbol over the N) is a 1984 mockumentary directed by Rob Reiner and starring members of the semi-fictional heavy-metal glam rock band Spinal Tap. ... Frederick Dannen is an American journalist and author. ... January 28 is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... A band plays on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ...


In 2000, Davis ran into disagreements with Arista owners BMG (a member of the Bertelsmann group) over the way he ran the label. Reports point to his age (late sixties at the time), lack of a succession plan, and free-spending habits as points of contention. He was forced to retire as a result, despite a protest from several present and former artists. He then formed a record label, J Records, in which Bertelsmann ended up investing $150,000,000. In building his new company, some of his first signings were recording artists Luther Vandross and Alicia Keys. BMG agreed to market and distribute the label's output. That year, Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the non-performers branch. Three years later, at the beginning of 2003, BMG wooed Davis back into the fold, naming him head of RCA Records. The following year in 2004, Davis was promoted to Chairman and CEO of BMG North America by Rolf Schmidt-Holtz. He now oversees the careers of such artists like Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Fantasia, and Jennifer Hudson. Late in 2006, Clive announced that the best selling artist on his label, Whitney Houston, would be making a comeback early/mid-2007. Whitney started to record her album March 13, 2007. 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... BMG (Bertelsmann Music Group) is one of the six divisions of Bertelsmann. ... Bertelsmann AG is a transnational media corporation founded in 1835, based in Gütersloh, Germany. ... J Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG, and is distributed through the RCA Records Group. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Alicia Keys (born Alicia J. Augello-Cook on January 25, 1980) is an American R&B and soul singer, songwriter, pianist, record producer, actress, philanthropist, and author who has won numerous awards, including nine Grammy Awards, eleven Billboard Music Awards, and three American Music Awards. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... BMG (Bertelsmann Music Group) is one of the six divisions of Bertelsmann. ... RCA Records is one of the flagship labels of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981) is a two-time Grammy Award-winning American pop/R&B singer, and actor. ... Christina María Aguilera, born December 18, 1980, is an American pop singer and songwriter. ... Fantasia Monique Barrino (born June 30, 1984), or simply Fantasia, is an American pop, R&B, soul singer and Broadway actress who rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the television series American Idol in 2004. ... Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an Academy-Award winning American actress and singer. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) was an American pop and R&B singer, actress, film producer, and model. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... March is the third month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ...


Other achievements

In 2003, Davis donated money to the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (NYU) to create the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music. The undergraduate program, the first of its kind in the country, recognizes the creative record producer as an artist in his or her own right and musical recording itself as a creative medium. Tisch School of the Arts (known more commonly as Tisch or TSOA) is one of the 15 schools that make up New York University (NYU). ... New York University (NYU) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in New York City. ...


He has been at the forefront of American Idol, as it is his company that signs the American Idol winners and runners-up. He has appeared as a guest judge in every season and has chosen songs for the finalists to sing during the last weeks of competition. Most recently he has signed Season 6 Idol winner Jordin Sparks to Arista Records. AMERICAN IDOL HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO DEATH OF SIMON ... Jordin Brianna Sparks (born on December 22, 1989 in Phoenix, Arizona)[2] is an American singer. ... Arista Records is an American record label that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony BMG, and operates under the RCA Records Group // After being fired from CBS Records, Columbia Pictures hired Clive Davis to be a consultant for the company’s record and music operations. ...


In December 2006 it was announced by The X Factor judge Simon Cowell that Davis had agreed to join in on making the latest X Factor winner Leona Lewis a star. In February 2007, Davis signed Lewis up for a $9.7 million five-album record deal. The X Factor is a British TV music talent show contested by aspiring pop singers drawn from public auditions. ... Leona Louise Lewis (born April 3, 1985 in Islington, London) is an English singer and songwriter, who was the winner of the third series of The X Factor. ...


Clive Davis has won three Grammy Awards. At the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2000 he won Best Rock Album and Album of the Year for producing Carlos Santana's "Supernatural". In addition that year he received the 2000 Trustees Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement. At the 48th Annual Grammy Awards in 2006 he won Best Pop Vocal Album for Producing Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway". Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Grammy Award for Best Rock Album has been awarded since 1995. ... The Grammy Award for Album of the Year is the most prestigious award category. ... Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (born July 20, 1947), known simply as Carlos Santana or Santana, is a Grammy Award-winning Mexican-born American Latin rock musician and guitarist. ... Supernatural is a 1999 concept album by Santana. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album was awarded in 1968 and since 1995. ... Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American pop singer from Texas. ... Alternative cover Non-U.S. cover Breakaway is the second album by Kelly Clarkson, released on November 30, 2004 (see 2004 in music). ...

 Davis usually announces the successes of past American Idol contestants on each season finale of American Idol. 

AMERICAN IDOL HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO DEATH OF SIMON ... AMERICAN IDOL HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO DEATH OF SIMON ...

External links

Clive Davis on World Top 100 A&R Chart


References

  1. ^ In the same years, he also pressured jazz icon Miles Davis in inserting electric elements in his music, thus helping to start the process that would ultimeately result in the creation of fusion.

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