Clive Davis ( born April 4, 1932 in Brooklyn / New York) is the founder of Arista Records and current CEO of J Records. He is a 2000 member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the category of non-performers since. Davis is responsible for over 300 No.1 title. He is a discoverer of numerous musicians, including Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Patti Smith, Alicia Keys, Janis Joplin and Aerosmith.
Davis was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of his Jewish parents Herman and Florence Davis. He studied at New York University and Harvard Law School. He was then set at the Columbia Records. In 1967 he became the president of the company. Janis Joplin, he discovered in 1967 at the Monterey Pop Festival, where he brought them together with Laura Nyro, and The Electric Flag to Columbia Records. These were his first record deals, which followed the contracts with Blood, Sweat & Tears and The Chambers Brothers in the same year.
After he had brought in the following year, Santana, and in 1973 Billy Joel and Aerosmith to Columbia, he was released in 1973. He founded in 1974 Arista Records. There stood from 1975 Patti Smith under contract, as well as the Grateful Dead ( since 1977).
In 1983 he took Whitney Houston under contract and acted in her debut album in 1985 as Executive Producer. The album has long been the most successful debut album by a female artist in the United States.
1989 signed the two music producers LA Reid and Babyface Davis with a contract that led to the founding of the Arista LaFace Records partner. In the same year the debut album by Sarah McLachlan appeared on Arista.
Sean Combs ' Bad Boy Entertainment label in 1994, also went into a partnership with Arista.