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The chilling news greeting the record industry at the beginning of 2003 was that Clive Davis, the "Svengali of Pop," was conducting a massive purge of staff in his new capacity as chief of RCA. Davis, who has exhibited the Midas touch throughout a career
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

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Interview: Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart has sung about staying "Forever Young." But that doesn't necessarily pertain to his musical choices. Stewart's new album, "It Had to Be You...The Great American Songbook," features his renditions of 14 pop standards from the '20s, '30s and '40
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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(Jan. 28) Today's birthdays include Pink Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright, who was born in 1943 (age 59); The Pretty Things lead guitarist Dick Taylor, also in 1943 (age 59); Chambers Brothers drummer Brian Keenan in 1944 (age 58); Rick Allen of the Box Tops
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(Jan. 26) Today's birthdays include Eartha Kitt, who was born in 1928 (age 74); Huey "Piano" Smith in 1934 (age 68); Derek Holt of the Climax Blues Band in 1949 (age 53); former Little River Band member David Briggs in 1951 (age 51); Van Halen guitarist E
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Singers Leona Lewis (L) and Carrie Underwood (R) pose with Clive Davis as they attend the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party in Beverly Hills, California on February 9, 2008. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
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Clive Davis (born April 4, 1932) is an American record producer, executive and a leading music industry executive. He has won multiple Grammy awards and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. From 1967-72 he was the President of Columbia Records, was the founder and president of Arista Records in the late 1970s through 2000 until founding J Records. From 2003 until April 2008, Davis was the Chairman and CEO of the RCA Music Group (which includes RCA Records, J Records and Arista Records), Chairman and CEO of J Records, and Chairman and CEO of BMG North America. Currently Davis is the Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Entertainment Worldwide. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer. He currently plays a part in the careers of Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Harry Connick, Jr., Leona Lewis and Whitney Houston.

Davis was born in Brooklyn, New York to a Jewish family, the son of Herman and Florence Davis. After spending his first four years in England, Davis was raised in the middle-class neighborhood of Crown Heights, Brooklyn. He received a full scholarship to New York University College of Arts and Science, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa in 1953. He then received a full scholarship to Harvard Law School, where he graduated in 1956. He practiced law in a small firm in New York, then moved on to the firm of Rosenman, Colin, Kaye, Petschek, and Freund two years later, where partner Ralph Colin had CBS as client. Hired by a former colleague at the firm, Harvey Schein, Davis became assistant counsel of CBS subsidiary Columbia Records at the age of twenty-eight.

Davis became a protegé of CBS Records President Goddard Lieberson, and discovered a passion for music which led him up the ranks of Columbia/CBS. In 1967, he became president of Columbia Records and, more or less by accident, he became a convert to the newest generation of folk rock and rock and roll. One of his earliest pop signings was the British folk-rock musician Donovan, who enjoyed a string of successful hit singles and albums released in the USA on the Epic label.

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