90-year-old Clive Davis on signing some of the biggest names in the music business: “I do know when I hear a hit song”

In his early years, Clive Davis was once by no means interested in song. He started his occupation as a attorney.  

“I used to be plucked out of a regulation company to change into leader attorney for Columbia Data 3 years out of regulation faculty. I did that for 5 years,” Davis advised “CBS Mornings” co-host Gayle King. 

He was once in a while made to be head of Columbia Data without a coaching in song. Davis stated he by no means concept he would have a “musical ear” however he’s credited to be one of the vital largest hit-makers—signing one of the greatest names within the industry, together with Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Billy Joel, and Earth Wind and Hearth. 

Davis celebrated his ninetieth birthday previous this month. The star-studded match incorporated an impromptu efficiency by way of Alicia Keys, one in every of his maximum a success artists.  

Artists like David Foster stated the name of the game to Davis’s good fortune is mutual admire.

“He is totally artist-friendly and the artist all the time comes first,” Foster stated.

“He’s an inspiration to everybody within the song industry, and maximum of all to me,” Manilow added. 

Recently, singers change into well-known temporarily on social media as a result of their song is going viral. Davis stated that this makes it more difficult to seek out skill. 

“It will be more difficult as a result of presently there is no Bob Dylan, there is no Bruce Springsteen. Presently there is no Aretha Franklin,” he stated.  

Regardless of a long time within the industry, Davis stated he cannot give an explanation for what a success unmarried seems like, he simply is aware of when he hears it. 

“I know after I listen a success track. And so Simon and Garfunkel, [I’ll] by no means omit that after they performed me ‘Bridge Over Water,’ I stated, ‘That has gotta be the primary unmarried,'” he recalled. “I felt it was once so vintage and it nonetheless to at the present time is my favourite track.” 

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