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Weekend listening from NPR: Clive Davis: A Life WIth A Soundtrack

Saturday afternoon listening: Clive Davis: A Life WIth A Soundtrack via NPR

by NPR Staff

If Columbia Records hadn’t signed Bruce Springsteen in the early 1970s, there’s a chance The Boss could have just been a small-stakes act, playing gigs around Asbury Park.

But music history would, of course, unfold differently. And Springsteen wasn’t the first or the last huge success for Clive Davis, the man at the helm of Columbia Records at the time. Over more than four decades in the music industry, Davis helped make household names (and, in some cases, icons) out of Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Barry Manilow, Alicia Keys, Sly Stone, Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston.

Davis shares personal stories about his life and career in his new memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life, and he spoke about it with NPR’s Don Gonyea. Click the audio link on this page to hear the radio version, and read more of their conversation below via the link.

www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2013/02/23/172719492/clive-davis-a-life-with-a-soundtrack

Saturday afternoon listening: Clive Davis: A Life WIth A Soundtrack via NPR

by NPR Staff

If Columbia Records hadn’t signed Bruce Springsteen in the early 1970s, there’s a chance The Boss could have just been a small-stakes act, playing gigs around Asbury Park.

But music history would, of course, unfold differently. And Springsteen wasn’t the first or the last huge success for Clive Davis, the man at the helm of Columbia Records at the time. Over more than four decades in the music industry, Davis helped make household names (and, in some cases, icons) out of Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Barry Manilow, Alicia Keys, Sly Stone, Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston.

Davis shares personal stories about his life and career in his new memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life, and he spoke about it with NPR’s Don Gonyea. Click the audio link on this page to hear the radio version, and read more of their conversation below via the link.

www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2013/02/23/172719492/clive-davis-a-life-with-a-soundtrack

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Clive Davis’ CNN Newsroom Interview: “Memories Of A Music Legend”

Video of Clive Davis’ CNN: Interview: “Memories Of A Music Legend” – Via CNN Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield CNN

http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2013/03/29/exp-nr-clive-davis-full.cnn#/video/bestoftv/2013/03/29/exp-nr-clive-davis-full.cnn

Video of Clive Davis’ CNN: Interview: “Memories Of A Music Legend” – Via CNN Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield CNN

http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2013/03/29/exp-nr-clive-davis-full.cnn#/video/bestoftv/2013/03/29/exp-nr-clive-davis-full.cnn

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Clive Davis on Larry King Now

Larry King sits down with Grammy award winning record producer and music executive Clive Davis to talk about the surprising personal revelations in his new book, the rise and fall of Whitney Houston, his fallout with Kelly Clarkson & more.

http://www.ora.tv/larrykingnow/clive-davis-0_f4dyb7kt

Larry King sits down with Grammy award winning record producer and music executive Clive Davis to talk about the surprising personal revelations in his new book, the rise and fall of Whitney Houston, his fallout with Kelly Clarkson & more.

http://www.ora.tv/larrykingnow/clive-davis-0_f4dyb7kt

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Associated Press: At 80, no break planned for music exec Clive Davis

By MESFIN FEKADU | Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — When Clive Davis announced his latest project — a Broadway revival of “My Fair Lady” next year — it seemed to mark a step away from the music mogul’s laser-like focus of making hits — and hitmakers.

But Davis still has his eyes on the charts. With “My Fair Lady,” his goal is to bring Broadway back to the days when its songs topped the charts, something that hasn’t been the case for the Great White Way in some time.

“Even ‘Book of Mormon’ does not have memorable songs, classic songs that the era of the ’20s, ’30s produced. … so I looked into the rights of ‘My Fair Lady,'” Davis said happily in his two-floor penthouse apartment in midtown Manhattan. “I really want to make an event of it.”

It’s a lofty goal — but it’s one that wouldn’t surprise many if reached by Davis, whose iconic career has included making superstars of acts as varied as Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow and Alicia Keys, creating second acts for legends like Aretha Franklin and Santana, and playing an integral role in the careers many others, including Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin and Billy Joel.

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By MESFIN FEKADU | Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — When Clive Davis announced his latest project — a Broadway revival of “My Fair Lady” next year — it seemed to mark a step away from the music mogul’s laser-like focus of making hits — and hitmakers.But Davis still has his eyes on the charts. With “My Fair Lady,” his goal is to bring Broadway back to the days when its songs topped the charts, something that hasn’t been the case for the Great White Way in some time.

“Even ‘Book of Mormon’ does not have memorable songs, classic songs that the era of the ’20s, ’30s produced. … so I looked into the rights of ‘My Fair Lady,'” Davis said happily in his two-floor penthouse apartment in midtown Manhattan. “I really want to make an event of it.”

It’s a lofty goal — but it’s one that wouldn’t surprise many if reached by Davis, whose iconic career has included making superstars of acts as varied as Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow and Alicia Keys, creating second acts for legends like Aretha Franklin and Santana, and playing an integral role in the careers many others, including Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin and Billy Joel.

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http://news.yahoo.com/80-no-break-planned-music-exec-clive-davis-125434897.html

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CBS News: Clive Davis: Behind-the-scenes of his new tell-all book

By Peter Cunningham

Given record executive and producer Clive Davis’ long and impressive track record in the music business, it begs the question: Which artist’s career hasn’t he touched?

From his early years as president of Columbia Records in the mid-1960s through the early ’70s, and then later as the founder of Arista Records and J Records, Davis, 80, has either signed or guided the careers of many successful artists, including Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Chicago, Santana, Aerosmith, Neil Diamond, Sly and the Family Stone, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Alan Jackson, Kenny G and Alicia Keys. With a knowledge of what would work aesthetically for an artist and also translate into commercial success, Davis has generated hit after hit as he is now in his sixth decade in the business currently as the chief creative officer at Sony Music Entertainment.

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http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-207_162-57571913/clive-davis-behind-the-scenes-of-his-new-tell-all-book/?tag=socsh