Arguably one of the greatest record executives of all time, Clive Davis was better known as “the Man with the Golden Ears.” His natural ability to identify and cultivate artists that resonated with audiences, paired with his deep admiration for musicians, innate showmanship, obsessive attention to detail and relentless drive, allowed him to lead three different record companies to the pinnacle of success.
A tribute to Clive from The Grammy’s
In partnership with Scott Free Productions, filmmaker Chris Perkel talked to friends and collaborators including Carlos Santana, Bob Weir, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Aretha Franklin, and that shaped Davis’ astonishing five-decade career as the world’s preeminent hit-maker.
“Music became my passion. I still love it today. I’m immersed in it,” Davis tells Rolling Stone. “Look,” he adds,”I think music is the universal language.”
Dionne Warwick & Clive
The documentary, produced by Michael Bernstein of Scott Free Productions, with Ridley Scott as one of the executive producers, explores the triumphs and tragedies that took Davis from a Harvard-educated lawyer who “stumbled” into the music business to becoming the world’s preeminent hit-maker. One of these moments was his first time seeing Janis Joplin perform at the 1967’s Monterey Pop Festival.
Clive & Janis Joplin
“I felt my spine tingle and my arms vibrate,” Davis recalled. “I realized this was going to be the future. I could feel it in my bones.”
Young Bruce Springsteen & Clive Chatting
Clive posing with The Grateful Dead
Along with Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Sean “Puffy” Combs, and The Grateful Dead are just a few of the musical superstars who this visionary record executive and producer introduced to the world.
Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives premieres on Apple Music on October 3rd.