Clive Davis (89) is an iconic record producer and music industry executive. He has won five Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer in 2000.
From 1967 to 1973, Davis was the president of Columbia Records. He was the founder and president of Arista Records from 1974 through 2000. From 2002 until April 2008, Davis was the chair and CEO of the RCA Music Group (which included RCA Records, J Records, and Arista Records); chair and CEO of J Records; and chair and CEO of BMG North America. As of 2018, he is the chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment.
During his decades-long career, Davis has signed many artists who achieved significant success, including Janis Joplin, Laura Nyro, Santana, Bruce Springsteen, Chicago, Billy Joel, Donovan, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Loggins & Messina, Ace of Base, Aerosmith, and Pink Floyd. He is also credited with bringing Whitney Houston and Barry Manilow to prominence.
Quote: “The purity of finding the right artist, that artist that’s gonna be the next hall of famer, that artist that’s gonna be the next headliner, lifting people out of their seats at Madison Square Garden, that song that’s gonna be sung for hundreds and hundreds of years, that essence remains the same.”
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