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Clive Davis
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Clive Davis in New York City on November 13, 2007
Born April 4, 1932 (1932-04-04) (age 87)
Nationality American
Alma mater New York University College of Arts and Science
Harvard Law School
Occupation Record producer, Music executive
Years active 1966–present
Spouse(s) Helen Cohen (1956–1965; divorced)
Janet Adelberg (1965–1985; divorced)
Children Fred (b. 1960)
Lauren (b. 1962)
Mitchell (b. 1970)
Doug Davis (b. 1974)
Website www.clivedavis.com

Clive Davis (born April 4, 1932) or Clyde Davis; is an American record producer and music executive. He has won five Grammy Awards. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer.

Davis has produced many famous singers, such as Aretha Franklin, Rod Stewart, Alicia Keys, Barry Manilow, Christina Aguilera, Carlos Santana, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis and Jennifer Hudson. Davis is also known for making Whitney Houston famous.

Early life

Davis was born on April 4, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York. His family are Jewish. He studied at New York University College of Arts and Science and at Harvard Law School.

Awards and honors

As a producer, Davis has won four Grammy Awards.

  • 2009: Best R&B Album – Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Hudson
  • 2006: Best Pop Vocal Album – Breakaway, Kelly Clarkson
  • 2000: Album of the Year – Supernatural, Santana
  • 2000: Best Rock Album – Supernatural, Santana

Davis also received the Grammy Trustees Award in 2000 and the President's Merit Award at the 2009 Grammys. In 2011, the theater at the Grammy Museum was named the "Clive Davis Theater".

Davis was entered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He was placed in the non-performers category.

Personal life

Davis was married to Helen Cohen from 1956. They divorced in 1965. Then he was married to Janet Adelberg from 1965 until they divorced in 1985. Davis had four children. Davis came out as a bisexual in 2013.


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