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One of the most successful and enduring figures in 20th and 21st century popular music, Clive Davis served as president of CBS Records, where he discovered such performers as Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Aerosmith and Janis Joplin. He would later establish his own label, Arista, which became a powerful force in the recording industry on the strength of such artists as Whitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G. and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Patti Smith, Usher, TLC and countless others. His unerring knack for uncovering top talent made him the target of corporate shakeups at CBS, Arista, and his subsequent label, J Records, but in each occasion, Davis emerged not only victorious, but with greater positions of power within newly formed recording entities, including Sony Music, which made him its COO in 2008. A Grammy winner for Santana's unheralded 2000 comeback Supernatural, as well as a non-performer inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Clive Davis was one of the few executives within the industry who truly deserved the title of music mogul legend.

One of the most successful and enduring figures in 20th and 21st century popular music, Clive Davis served as president of CBS Records, where he discovered such performers as Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Aerosmith and Janis Joplin. He would later establish his own label, Arista, which became a powerful force in the recording industry on the strength of such artists as Whitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G. and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Patti Smith, Usher, TLC and countless others. His unerring knack for uncovering top talent made him the target of corporate shakeups at CBS, Arista, and his subsequent label, J Records, but in each occasion, Davis emerged not only victorious, but with greater positions of power within newly formed recording entities, including Sony Music, which made him its COO in 2008. A Grammy winner for Santana's unheralded 2000 comeback Supernatural, as well as a non-performer inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Clive Davis was one of the few executives within the industry who truly deserved the title of music mogul legend.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Do It Again (2010)
5.
 Sean "Puffy" Combs (2001) Interviewee
6.
 Bobby Vinton: A Melody of Love (2001) Interviewee
7.
 Dionne Warwick: Don't Make Me Over (2001) Interviewee
8.
 Trumpet Awards, The (2001) Honoree
10.
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1957:
Admitted to New York Bar Association; joined firm of Rosenman, Colin, Kaye, Petschek and Freund
1966:
Appointed Vice President and General Manager of Columbia Records group
1967:
Named president of Columbia Records
1967:
Signed Janis Joplin with Big Brother & the Holding Company as well as artists such as Laura Nyro, Santana, Bruce Springsteen, Chicago, Billy Joel, and Pink Floyd
1975:
Assumed record division at Columbia Pictures, which he renamed Arista Records
1975:
Signed singer-songwriter Barry Manilow
1980:
Sold Arista to German conglomerate Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG); retained title as company president
1983:
Signed Whitney Houston to Arista
1985:
Released Houston's self-titled debut
1988:
Launched Arista Nashville
1993:
Teamed up with producer-artist Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs for his label Bad Boy Records
1997:
Received Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
2000:
Produced Santana's comeback album <i>Supernatural</i>, which won Grammy for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album; also received Recording Academy's Grammy Trustees Award
2000:
Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame under Non-Performer category
2000:
Appointed head of new label J Records; replaced by Antonio 'L.A.' Reid at Arista
2004:
BMG merged with Sony Music Entertainment to form Sony BMG
2008:
Named Chief Creative Officer at Sony BMG
2009:
Received President¿s Merit Award from Recording Academy
2011:
Theater at Grammy Museum named in his honor
2012:
Whitney Houston found dead at Beverly Hilton Hotel, hours before his annual pre-Grammy party; also spoke at Houston's funeral in Newark, NJ
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Education

New York University: New York , New York - 1953
Harvard Law School: Cambridge , Massachusetts - 1956

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