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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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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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Music Legend Clive Davis Celebrates Release of Memoir rings the NYSE Closing Bell

Music legend Clive Davis, recognized for helping shape the landscape of the modern music industry, will visit the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, February 19th and ring The Closing Bell to celebrate the release that day of his autobiography entitled, “The Soundtrack of My Life.” The book chronicles Davis’ life orchestrating careers, creating stars and building musical empires.

Does Clive Davis Have the Best Ear in Music?

Audio clip

Clive Davis’ revealing memoir about his long life and career in the music industry has incited much discussion: first on his bisexuality, and then, much more interestingly, there’s been the back and forth between Davis and Kelly Clarkson about creative differences. But in an exclusive clip from the audio verison of The Soundtrack of My Life, Davis remembers less tumultuous relationships with artists, including with Janis Joplin, Barry Manilow, and Whitney Houston. When reflecting on these artists, he can’t choose which one had the most influence on him. “It’s like really asking a parent which child you’ve had the most special relationship with,” he says. It’s no surprise that he doesn’t mention a certain artist in this clip.

Music Legend Clive Davis Celebrates Release of Memoir rings the NYSE Closing Bell

Music legend Clive Davis, recognized for helping shape the landscape of the modern music industry, will visit the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, February 19th and ring The Closing Bell to celebrate the release that day of his autobiography entitled, “The Soundtrack of My Life.” The book chronicles Davis’ life orchestrating careers, creating stars and building musical empires.