Stories From The Life Of Music Producer Clive Davis

Sara | July 31, 2019 4:18 pm

Janis Joplin Offered To Sleep With Him

Clive Davis and Janis Joplin in an embrace
Photo by Elliot Landy/Redferns/Getty Images
Photo by Elliot Landy/Redferns/Getty Images

Janis Joplin signed her first record deal with Davis, but wanted to make the entire situation a little less…formal. “Janis – who never wanted to do anything formulaic, typical or predictable – was starting out in her career and it was a very important moment for her,” said Davis in 2014.

“I think it was a little too formal and maybe corporate just to sign a document to say we’d be working together, so she asked to sleep with me to make it more personal. I took it as a big compliment, although I turned it down,” he explained, laughing.