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CLIVE DAVIS TIMELINE

1932 Clive Davis is born in Brooklyn to Herman and Florence Davis and raised in the predominantly Jewish, middle-class neighborhood of Crown Heights
1953 Graduates New York University College of Arts and Science magna cum laude with a degree in political science
1956 Graduates Harvard Law School
1958 Joins the prestigious New York law firm of Rosenman, Colin, Kaye, Petschek & Freund
1960 Joins Columbia Records as assistant counsel and is later promoted to general counsel
1966 Named administrative vice president and general manager of Columbia Records
1967-1973 Promoted to president of CBS Records, parent company of Columbia. He signs iconic 1960s rock acts including Big Brother & the Holding Company (featuring Janis Joplin), Donovan, Laura Nyro, The Electric Flag, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Chicago, Santana, Chicago, Loggins & Messina, Earth, Wind & Fire, Aerosmith and Bruce Springsteen.

During this time Columbia Records signs an exclusive production deal with Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff’s Philadelphia International label, which sells tens of millions of records with soul acts including The O’Jays, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes and Billy Paul (“Me and Mrs. Jones”).
1973 Fired by CBS Records in relation to an embezzlement scandal for which he was later exonerated
1974 Founds Arista Records, which soon has major successes with acts including Barry Manilow, the Bay City Rollers, Melissa Manchester, the Kinks, Air Supply and Dionne Warwick
1975 Davis’ best-selling first memoir, Clive: Inside the Record Business, co-written with James Willwerth, is published.
1980 Arista signs Aretha Franklin, revitalizing the Queen of Soul’s career with a series of hit songs and successful albums including the Luther Vandross-produced “Jump to It”
1983 Arista signs 19-year-old Whitney Houston whose first two albums sell 22 million and 23 million copies, respectively, and score an unprecedented seven consecutive #1 singles by a solo performer
1988 Davis founds Arista Nashville in association with Nashville’s Tim Dubois. The label signs country hit-makers including Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn and Brad Paisley.
1989 Arista forms a joint venture with producers Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Babyface to create LaFace Records, whose acts included TLC, Toni Braxton, Pink and Usher.
1990 After Arista releases the U.S. version of Milli Vanilli’s debut album, which wins the Grammy for Best New Artist, the revelation that the duo didn’t actually sing on the album causes a major scandal for the label.
1993 Arista enters into a joint venture with Sean “Puffy” Combs to form Bad Boy Records
1997 Arista acquires Profile Records, whose recording artists include Run-D.M.C.
2000 Davis is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He also wins Album of the Year and Best Rock Album Grammys® for producing Santana’s “Supernatural”
2000 J Records is formed and quickly scores several major successes including Alicia Keys’ Grammy-winning debut album “Songs in A Minor” which sells over 10 million copies. The label also releases chart-topping albums by Annie Lennox, Luther Vandross, Rod Stewart, Jennifer Hudson, Leona Lewis and Maroon 5, whose debut album sells over 10 million units worldwide.
2003 New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music opens its doors
2006 Davis wins Best Pop Vocal Album Grammy for producing Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway”
2008 Appointed Chief Creative Officer for all of Sony Music Entertainment
2009 Davis wins Best R&B Album Grammy for producing Jennifer Hudson’s eponymous debut album
2012 Whitney Houston dies
2013 Davis’ autobiography, The Soundtrack of My Lifeu>, co-written with music journalist Anthony DeCurtis, is published. He reveals that he is bisexual.