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Clive Davis at 90: His Executives Recall the Man, the Mentor, the Music and the Long, Cold Meetings

Clive Davis’ name is a synonym for the ultimate record man.

In terms of success, influence, longevity, and the artists and executives he has mentored, he has no peer and probably never will. To give just one example, in 1972 he told a young Bruce Springsteen that the debut album he’d just submitted didn’t have any songs that would get played on the radio. Dejected but determined, that night Springsteen wrote “Spirit in the Night” and “Blinded by the Light” — and thanks Davis to this day for the tough love that spawned those two now-classics.

But that story and many others have been told countless times over the course of Davis’ 60-plus-year career, in two autobiographies, a documentary film and thousands of interviews. So for his 90th birthday, we took a different approach and spoke with 25 or so executives who were employed by Davis over the years — ranging from Ron Alexenburg, who worked with him in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, to Sarah Weinstein Dennison, who joined his team in 2004 and is on the clock for his superstar-studded 90th birthday celebration tonight in New York City. (Apologies and no offense intended to those we didn’t speak with: We could have done an equally comprehensive article with at least five different sets of alums.)

To read the rest, visit the Variety article here.

Bruce Springsteen Sings From Quarantine, Patti Smith Dazzles, Alicia Keys Serenades at Clive Davis’ 90th Birthday Bash

There is exactly one person on earth who could be serenaded on his 90th birthday by (in order) Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Dionne Warwick, Kenny G, Art Garfunkel, Earth Wind & Fire, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys — and have the whole evening capped off by a brilliant Mark Ronson-helmed “megamix” of great songs from across that birthday boy’s 60-plus-year career. The answer is so obvious we’re not even going to bother.

Yes, Clive Davis’ 90th birthday party, held Wednesday night at the memorably named Cipriani South Street at Casa Cipriani in Lower Manhattan, was truly one for the ages. With around 600 guests and low-key performances, it was more intimate and not as large and elaborate as his pre-Grammy galas — well, relatively speaking, anyway. It was still the kind of event where you’re getting slightly annoyed at the person blocking the doorway until you realize it’s Martha Stewart; or you see a group of people coming up the stairs that includes Bernadette Peters, Tony Danza, Fran Drescher and Suzanne Somers; or you realize the two people in front of you who are about to effusively greet and embrace each other are Barry Manilow and Kenny G.

To read the rest, visit the Variety article here.

Clive Davis Shares ‘Clive-isms’ on Music, Artists, His History, and Keeping an Open Mind

Clive Davis doesn’t do anything by half, and his 90th birthday is no exception. Not only will there be a star-studded party tonight at Cipriani in Lower Manhattan, there’s a four-part music-and-interview series on Paramount Plus culled from last year’s virtual pre-Grammy galas; a Clive Davis Gallery with personal items from across his career at New York University’s Brooklyn location; an interview on the “Rock & Roll High School With Pete Ganbarg” podcast airing April 14; a talk at the 92 St. Y on April 21; and two comprehensive, detailed articles here at Variety.

With two autobiographies, a documentary film and literally thousands of interviews over the course of his 60-plus year career, Davis’ history — from his childhood in Brooklyn to his early years at Columbia Records, to founding Arista and J Records and his current role as chief creative artist at Sony Music — has been well-documented, as has the crucial role he played in the careers of artists ranging from Simon & Garfunkel to Santana, Whitney Houston to Puff Daddy, Aretha Franklin to Alicia Keys and so many more. So for the main “Clive at 90” article, we spoke with many of the people who worked for him over the years, creating a rich alternate history of that career, which illuminates what a great executive, boss and mentor he is. You can read that article here. But we were offered an interview with the man himself as well.

To read the rest, visit the Variety article here.

CLIVE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY: A REUNION IN NYC

It may have been studded with celebrities, but according to our correspondent, Clive Davis’ 90th birthday party, last night in NYC at Cipriani South Street, felt like a family reunion with a fireside chat and singalong.

Biz folks (and in particular Arista folks) who hadn’t seen each other since before the pandemic—and in some cases much longer—embraced and schmoozed; there were stories and impromptu performances; and Clive sat for a warm and very candid interview with Gayle King.

To read the rest, visit the Daily Double’s article here.

Clive Davis on Turning 90, His New Paramount+ Series & Why He’s ‘Very Encouraged’ by the Upcoming Whitney Houston Biopic

As one of the most respected names in music history, Clive Davis has not only seen it all, but discovered and fostered some of the most iconic names in entertainment, from Janis Joplin to Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen to Alicia Keys. Now, on the cusp of turning 90 years old on Apr. 4, Davis finds himself on the cutting edge once again, as the host of the new Paramount+ series Clive Davis: Most Iconic Performances, a miniseries culled from both archive performances and original interviews.

To read the rest, visit the Billboard article here.

Clive Davis’ Paramount+ series will feature exclusive interviews, performances from iconic Grammy winners

Ahead of his 90th birthday, Clive Davis is commandeering another superstar project.

The legendary music mogul — who helped guide the careers of Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin and Alicia Keys, just to name a few — is opening up his storied performance archive and doing a lot of talking for his upcoming Paramount+ miniseries.

To read the rest, visit the NY Daily News article here.

Inside Clive Davis’ star-studded 90th birthday celebration

It was a party fit for a music king. 

The who’s who of the music and entertainment business packed into New York City’s Casa Cipriani on Wednesday to fête Clive Davis for his 90th birthday

The evening kicked off with “CBS Morning” anchor Gayle King interviewing the music legend, who didn’t hold back.

To read the rest, visit the Page Six article here.

Clive Davis Hosts a Throwback Gala with 600 Close Friends Like Alicia Keys, Dionne Warwick, Patti Smith, Jesse Jackson, Roberta Flack, Etc

Clive Davis‘s 90th birthday blow out part 2: A throwback pre-pandemic like gala for 600 friends at NYC’s newest, sexiest ballroom at Casa Cipriani. It’s a former Maritime Building at the tip of southern Manhattan, left to rot for eons and now an art deco palace with extraordinary appointments. It’s a hotel, it’s a club, it’s a ballroom. It’s like a dream.

So 600 people arrive either formal clothes or close to it. The list of celebrities is endless, and the performers are staggering. At my table — seated dinner — for example: nothing less than Robert Flack, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and former Mayor DeBlasio with wife Chirlane. (The mayor and I laughed because the last time we saw each other we were trapped on the stage in Central Park during the rained out Welcome Back, New York concert.)

To read the rest, visit the Showbiz 411 article here.