Stories From The Life Of Music Producer Clive Davis

Sara | July 31, 2019 4:18 pm

Clive Davis is more than just a man who can. He’s a star-maker, a songwriter, a Grammy Award winner — and a legend in his own right. The 87-year-old is still a jewel in the crown of the music industry, who shows no sign of slowing down.

Over the course of his decades-long career, he has rubbed shoulders with the best of the best. Join us as we take a look at some fascinating anecdotes from the extraordinary life of Clive Davis. You might not believe what Janis Joplin offered him…

He Tried To Save Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston and Clive Davis
Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage
Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage

Clive Davis was responsible for many intergalactic rises to fame, but perhaps none more so than Whitney Houston. The two remained close throughout the years. Towards the end of her life, Davis tried to intervene, writing a letter to her that read, “Dearest Whitney: When I saw you last night at the Michael Jackson concert, I cried. My dear, dear Whitney. The time has come.” Despite his attempts and an intervention, Houston eventually succumbed to her vices.

After her passing, Davis released a DVD tribute to her that he put together personally. When asked if it was a difficult process, Davis replied, “I wouldn’t use the words ‘too painful to watch’. You constantly marvel at the magnitude of her talent.”