It all began at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, when Clive Davis first embarked upon his career in the music business by signing Janis Joplin. He went on to discover remarkable talents such as Simon and Garfunkel, Alicia Keys, Rod Stewart, Jennifer Hudson, Whitney Houston and many more.
During a quiet and cozy evening at Beach Blanket Babylon on March 18th, Davis sat down for a chat about his new autobiography, The Soundtrack of my Life with Wall Street Journal columnist, Kara Swisher.
Also in attendance among guests eagerly waiting to have their book signed was Willie Brown, Stanley Gatti and Beach Blanket Babylon producer, Jo Schuman Silver (Clive’s cousin).
Davis shared intimate details of his life including the major success of recording companies Columbia, Arista and J can be attributed to his gift of having “ears”, which is his exceptional and unusual ability to spot talent.
Currently the Chief Creative Officer for Sony Music Entertainment and after working on countless albums with some of the greatest names in the music industry, Davis describes the highs and lows of his outstanding career, which included the rise and fall of his biggest talent, Whitney Houston, whom he described as being a “workhorse” from the beginning.
Among many of his career highlights and accolades, Davis has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.
When Swisher asked for his favorite single of all-time, Davis was quick to respond with, Bridge Over Troubled Water.
[Reported by Darren Anderson]