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Birth name: Clive Jay Davis.
Born: April 4, 1932 Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Clive Davis biography (bio):
Clive Jay Davis is an American record producer and a leading music industry executive. From 1967-72 he was the President of Columbia Records, was the founder and president of Arista Records in the late 1970s through 2000 until founding J Records. Currently Davis is the Chairman and CEO of the RCA Music Group (which includes RCA Records, J Records and Arista Records), Chairman and CEO of J Records, and Chairman and CEO of BMG North America. Davis is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer.

Early life and career: The CBS years:
Davis is from a working class Jewish-American family and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He was named Clive by his mother, who was a great fan of a British actor with that name. Davis graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from New York University College of Arts and Science in 1953 and received a scholarship to Harvard Law School. Davis graduated and practiced law in a small firm which folded, then moved on to the firm of Rosenman, Colin, Kaye, Petschek and Freund, which had CBS Records as a client. Davis was then hired by the legal department of CBS subsidiary Columbia Records.
Davis became a protege of CBS Records President Goddard Lieberson, and discovered a passion for music which led him up the ranks of Columbia/CBS. In 1967, he became president of CBS Records and, more or less by accident, he became a convert to the newest generation of folk rock and rock and roll. One of his earliest pop signings was the British folk-rock musician Donovan, who enjoyed a string of successful hit singles and albums released in the USA on the Epic label.
In June 1967, at the urging of his friend and business associate Lou Adler Davis attended the Monterey Pop Festival and was inspired by what he saw as the future of music. He immediately signed Janis Joplin and Big Brother & the Holding Company, and Columbia went on to sign Laura Nyro, Jimmie Spheeris, Electric Flag, Santana, Bruce Springsteen, Chicago, Billy Joel, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Pink Floyd. The company, which had previously avoided rock music, doubled its market share in three years. One of the biggest recordings released during Davis' tenure at CBS Records was Lynn Anderson's "Rose Garden", in late 1970. It was Clive Davis who insisted "Rose Garden" be the country singer's next single release. The song reached number one in sixteen countries around the world, won a slew of awards and made Lynn Anderson a household name. In 1972, Davis also signed the group Earth, Wind & Fire to CBS Records.
In 1972, amid government investigations of financial irregularities in the record industry, CBS, nervous about losing its licenses, fired Davis and his Director of Artist Relations, David Wynshaw, charging that they had used company money for personal expenses. In 1976 he was convicted of tax evasion and sentenced the maximum fine of $10,000. The government dropped five other counts against him.

The Arista years:
After being fired from CBS Records, Columbia Pictures hired Clive Davis to be a consultant for the companys record and music operations. After taking time out to write his memoirs, he was offered the presidency of the division in late 1974. Davis subsequently merged the various labels -- Colpix Records, Colgems Records and Bell Records -- into a new entity named Arista Records, ultimately buying a percentage of the company from Columbia Pictures. The label was named Arista after New York City's secondary school honor society (of which Davis was a member).
This label has one of the most diverse lineups in the record industry. It has been home to Grammy Award winning pop superstar and the best-selling artist on label Whitney Houston, singer-songwriter Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, Monica, Gary Glitter, Expos, Angie Aparo, Sarah McLachlan, Annie Lennox, saxophonist Kenny G, rappers The Notorious B.I.G. and Sean "Diddy" Combs, Aretha Franklin, Toni Braxton, Air Supply, Ace of Base, The Alpha Band, The Grateful Dead, TLC, Willie Nile, Bay City Rollers, Nona Hendryx, Lou Reed and Patti Smith among others. In the 1970s, Arista also had an extensive jazz line, most notably its Freedom imprint, concentrating on contemporary, sometimes avant-garde, musicians and widely praised reissues from the legendary Savoy label.
Davis was parodied in part by Patrick Macnee, in the 1984 movie This is Spinal Tap and he figured prominently in the Frederic Dannen book Hit Men: Powerbrokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business (1990) which exposed the wheeling and dealing behind the scenes in the US record industry from the 1960s to the 1980s. On January 28, 1997, Davis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2000, Davis ran into disagreements with Arista owners BMG (a member of the Bertelsmann group) over the way he ran the label. Reports point to his age (late sixties at the time), lack of a succession plan, and free-spending habits as points of contention. He was forced to retire as a result, despite a protest from several present and former artists. He then formed a record label, J Records, in which Bertelsmann ended up investing $150,000,000. In building his new company, some of his first signings were recording artists Luther Vandross and Alicia Keys. BMG agreed to market and distribute the label's output. That year, Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the non-performers branch. Three years later, at the beginning of 2003, BMG wooed Davis back into the fold, naming him head of RCA Records. The following year in 2004, Davis was promoted to Chairman and CEO of BMG North America by Rolf Schmidt-Holtz. He now oversees the careers of such artists like Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Fantasia, and Jennifer Hudson. Late in 2006, Clive announced that the best selling artist on his label, Whitney Houston, would be making a comeback early/mid-2007. Whitney started to record her album March 13, 2007.

Other achievements:
In 2003, Davis donated money to the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (NYU) to create the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music. The undergraduate program, the first of its kind in the country, recognizes the creative record producer as an artist in his or her own right and musical recording itself as a creative medium.
He has been at the forefront of American Idol, as it is his company that signs the American Idol winners and runners-up. He has appeared as a guest judge in every season and has chosen songs for the finalists to sing during the last weeks of competition. Most recently he has signed Season 6 Idol runner-up Blake Lewis to Arista Records.
In December 2006 it was announced by The X Factor judge Simon Cowell that Davis had agreed to join in on making the latest X Factor winner Leona Lewis a star. In February 2007, Davis signed Lewis up for a $9.7 million five-album record deal. He is executive producer of her debut album, Spirit.
Clive Davis has won three Grammy Awards. At the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2000 he won Best Rock Album and Album of the Year for producing Carlos Santana's Supernatural. In addition that year he received the 2000 Trustees Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement. At the 48th Annual Grammy Awards in 2006 he won Best Pop Vocal Album for producing Kelly Clarkson's Breakaway.

Davis usually announces the successes of past American Idol contestants on each season finale.
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Clive Davis pictures at Black Ball Concert for Keep A Child Alive
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