Clive Davis

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 ... Read more »
Born: 04/04/1932 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (28)

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Inventing David Geffen 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

Am I Black Enough For You 2009 (Movie)

Record Mogul (Actor)

Do It Again 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

American Idol 2004, 2006 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Iconoclasts 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Guest

Bobby Vinton: A Melody of Love 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Dionne Warwick: Don't Make Me Over 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Sean "Puffy" Combs 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beatles Revolution 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ninth Annual Trumpet Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Marvelous Manhattan 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Video Killed the Radio Star 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Janis Joplin: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Motown 40: The Music Is Forever 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Aretha Franklin: Going Home 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny Cash: American Rebel (TV Show)

Interviewee
Music (16)

ParaNorman 2012 (Movie)

("All Out Of Love") (Song)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower 2012 (Movie)

("All Out Of Love") (Song)

Old Dogs 2009 (Movie)

("All Out Of Love") (Song)

Expired 2008 (Movie)

("All Out of Love") (Song)

Freshman Orientation 2007 (Movie)

("All Out of Love") (Song)

The Dukes of Hazzard 2005 (Movie)

("All Out of Love") (Song)

The Wedding Date 2005 (Movie)

("All Out of Love") (Song)

Wild West 2004 (Tv Show)

Theme Music

National Lampoon's Van Wilder 2002 (Movie)

("I'm All Out of Love") (Song)

Out Cold 2001 (Movie)

("All Out of Love") (Song)

Happiness 1998 (Movie)

("All Out of Love") (Song)

Kissing A Fool 1998 (Movie)

("All Out of Love") (Song Performer)

Safe Men 1998 (Movie)

("All Out of Love") (Song)

The Preacher's Wife 1996 (Movie)

executive album producer (Music Producer)

Boys on the Side 1995 (Movie)

executive soundtrack producer (Music Producer)

Rags (TV Show)

Song
Producer (1)

That's What Friends Are For 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

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.

EDUCATION

Harvard Law School

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1956
Member of Board of Student Advisers

New York University

New York , New York 1953
Graduated magna cum laude

Milestones

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

2011

Theater at Grammy Museum named in his honor

2009

Received President’s Merit Award from Recording Academy

2008

Named Chief Creative Officer at Sony BMG

2004

BMG merged with Sony Music Entertainment to form Sony BMG

2000

Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame under Non-Performer category

2000

Produced Santana's comeback album Supernatural, which won Grammy for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album; also received Recording Academy's Grammy Trustees Award

2000

Appointed head of new label J Records; replaced by Antonio 'L.A.' Reid at Arista

1997

Received Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

1993

Teamed up with producer-artist Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs for his label Bad Boy Records

1988

Launched Arista Nashville

1985

Released Houston's self-titled debut

1983

Signed Whitney Houston to Arista

1980

Sold Arista to German conglomerate Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG); retained title as company president

1975

Assumed record division at Columbia Pictures, which he renamed Arista Records

1975

Signed singer-songwriter Barry Manilow

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

1967

Named president of Columbia Records

1966

Appointed Vice President and General Manager of Columbia Records group

1957

Admitted to New York Bar Association; joined firm of Rosenman, Colin, Kaye, Petschek and Freund

Bonus Trivia

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In his autobiography The Music of My Life (2013), Davis revealed he was bisexual.

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