Clive Davis

American record producer and music executive

Clive Davis (born April 4, 1932) or Clyde Davis; is an American record producer and music executive. He has won five Grammy Awards. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer.[2]

Clive Davis
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Clive Davis in New York City on November 13, 2007
Born (1932-04-04) April 4, 1932 (age 88)[1]
Alma materNew York University College of Arts and Science
Harvard Law School
OccupationRecord producer, Music executive
Years active1966–present
Spouse(s)Helen Cohen (1956–1965; divorced)[1]
Janet Adelberg (1965–1985; divorced)[1]
ChildrenFred (b. 1960)[1]
Lauren (b. 1962)[1]
Mitchell (b. 1970)[1]
Doug Davis (b. 1974)[1]

Davis has produced many famous singers, such as Aretha Franklin, Rod Stewart, Alicia Keys, Barry Manilow, Christina Aguilera, Carlos Santana, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis and Jennifer Hudson. Davis is also known for making Whitney Houston famous.

Early lifeEdit

Davis was born on April 4, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York. His family are Jewish.[3] He studied at New York University College of Arts and Science and at Harvard Law School.

Awards and honorsEdit

As a producer, Davis has won four Grammy Awards.

Davis also received the Grammy Trustees Award in 2000[4] and the President's Merit Award at the 2009 Grammys.[5] In 2011, the theater at the Grammy Museum was named the "Clive Davis Theater".[6]

Davis was entered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He was placed in the non-performers category.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Davis was married to Helen Cohen from 1956. They divorced in 1965. Then he was married to Janet Adelberg from 1965 until they divorced in 1985. Davis had four children. Davis came out as a bisexual in 2013.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 McCormack, David (February 19, 2013). "'I'm bisexual': Twice married music industry legend Clive Davis reveals he's had relationships with men since the late '70s". Daily Mail.
  2. "Clive Davis page at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame".
  3. Robert Gottlieb (June 20, 2013). "At the Top of Pop". The New York Times Book Review. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  4. Basham, David (December 12, 2000). "Beach Boys, Bennett, Who To Win Lifetime Achievement Grammys". MTV.
  5. Gundersen, Edna (February 4, 2009). "The official label on Clive Davis' famed gala this year: Grammy". USA Today.
  6. Chmielewski, Dawn C. (February 13, 2013). "CBS stokes Grammy Awards excitement with online extras". St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  7. Morgan, Laura (March 9, 2000). "Hall Monitor". Entertainment Weekly.
  8. "Clive Davis Comes Out of the Closet on 'Katie'". The Hollywood Reporter. February 18, 2013.

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