Clive Davis

On The Radio: Columbia People Re-Unite At Davis Town Hall Meeting

At yesterday’s Sirius/XM Town Hall meeting at Radio City Music Hall, where music-chieftain CLIVE DAVIS held court discussing his current bio THE SOUNDTRACK OF MY LIFE, one of the questions chosen from the audience was from Barbara Winterble, who worked at the Columbia Records A&R department some 48 years ago with Mike Berniker, Charlie Calello, Bruce Lundvall and Micky Eichner; and whose son Brett, has his own talk show on the station; THE BRETT WINTERBLE SHOW.

She well recalls Davis, then functioning as general counsel for the label, as well as when recalls “Simon and Garfunkel coming by to hang out at the office,” right before Sounds of Silence hit big, she recalls.

The two had a lively chat and Davis confirmed to being a guest on her son’s show. The show will air Saturday night on Sirius/XM.


Clive Davis: I’m Bisexual, In A Relationship With A Man

Clive Davis, a legendary music producer who discovered Whitney Houston, has revealed he is bisexual. Davis made the confession in his new memoir The Sound Track of My Life. He then opened up about his sexuality in a new interview with Katie Couric.

Davis, 80, says he first thought of being in a relationship with a man after his second marriage ended in the 80s. “When the marriage failed in the mid-80s, I opened myself up to the idea that I could have a relationship with a man… I thought it was private, number one, but I did immediately reveal it to the people who count; my children, I was totally open to my close friends, I just didn’t hold the sign up,” he explained.

“There was a[n]… attitude toward bisexuality that you’re either gay, straight, or lying. That’s not true,” he added.

In the 90s, Davis says began a 14-year romance with a male doctor. After their split, he met his current partner. Davis did not reveal his partner’s name.

Justin Bieber Sings to Whoopie Goldberg

Justin Bieber brought romance to the set of Saturday Night Live by handing out flowers to the audience and serenading actress Whoopi Goldberg.

The Baby hitmaker took on the role of guest host for Saturday’s episode and he acknowledged the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday by singing and giving out flowers to the crowd.

He also spotted Goldberg in the audience and pulled her onto the stage to serenade her. She then gave the teen a kiss on the cheek after she was handed a large bunch of red roses.

In another segment, Bieber appeared to joke about rumors he was recently caught on camera smoking marijuana after a picture showing him holding what looked like a joint emerged online last month.

Bieber addressed himself in the third person as he told the audience, “I also heard he (I) got busted for smoking weed. And he’s really sorry about it, and people make mistakes, and he’s never going to do it again.”

Also during the show, Bieber appeared to make light of a poignant subject by referencing Whitney Houston’s hit film The Bodyguard. Jason Sudeikis, playing Bieber’s bodyguard, scooped the singer into his arms and carried him through a crowd of fans to the sound of Houston’s track I Will Always Love You. The sketch took place on the same night as Clive Davis’ 2013 pre-Grammy Awards party in Los Angeles. Last year’s party was marred by Houston’s death in the city just hours before she was due to make an appearance at the event.

Whitney Houston Died From Accidental Drowning

Whitney Houston  died as a result of accidental drowning, in addition to the affects of heart disease and cocaine use, a coroner has ruled.
The soul superstar’s body was found underwater in the bathtub of her Los Angeles hotel suite on11 February (12), hours before she was scheduled to attend mentor and friend Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammys party.
A number of prescription pills were found in Houston’s room but an autopsy conducted the day after her passing proved inconclusive.
Houston’s cause of death was deferred pending toxicology results, and the Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter subsequently requested all medical records from the singer’s doctors to determine what drugs she was taking at the time of her death.
The findings of the autopsy report were released on Thursday (Mar 22) and stated that Houston’s death was accidental, although she also suffered from the “effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use”.
Traces of prescription drugs and marijuana were also found in her system, but are not thought to have contributed to her demise.
The report adds, “No trauma or foul play is suspected.” Houston, 48, had a long history of drug addiction and twice checked into rehab to control her substance abuse.
The L.A. County Coroner’s full results are not expected to be released until a later date.

Whitney Houston Dies at 48

Whitney Houston
, who ruled as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.
Houston’s publicist, Kristen Foster, said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unknown.
News of Houston’s death came on the eve of music’s biggest night — the Grammy Awards. It’s a showcase where she once reigned, and her death was sure to case a heavy pall on Sunday’s ceremony. Houston’s longtime mentor Clive Davis was to hold his annual concert and dinner Saturday; it was unclear if it was going to go forward.
Source:CBS News

Legendary Recording and Performing Artist Tommy James To Visit NYU Campus For Lecture

Tommy James, the legendary recording and performing artist, songwriter, record producer, and now author of the critically acclaimed book Me, the Mob, and the Music, will give a music seminar for students at New York University’s Clive Davis Department of Music, 194 Mercer Street (between Bleecker and Houston), New York City, on Friday, Feb. 25, at 4 p.m. The event is not open to the public.

With 24 gold singles, nine platinum albums, and over 100 million records sold worldwide, James’s songs are covered by over 300 artists globally, including Springsteen, REM, Prince, Broken Bells, Billy Idol, Joan Jett, Cher, Dolly Parton, Kelly Clarkson, and even the Boston Pops. His music is in 26 films to date, as well as in current television shows and commercials, making him an integral part of rock-and-roll history and pop culture. Some of his hits include Crimson & Clover, I Think We’re Alone Now, Crystal Blue Persuasion, Mony Mony, Draggin’ the Line, Hanky Panky, Sweet Cherry Wine, Mirage, and the list goes on!

Because of his affiliation with Roulette Records and its mob-connected owner, Morris Levy, James was uniquely positioned to witness the behind-the-scenes activities having to do with the darker side of the record business. His book, Me, the Mob, and the Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James and The Shondells is a firsthand account of his experiences in the music industry.

In his NYU seminar with Recorded Music students, James will discuss his career, including the pressure to make hit records, the threats, his working in the studio and exploring new recording techniques, his exploits on the road, his battle with drugs and alcohol, and his recovery. A Q&A session will follow. He will also make himself available to sign books.

The Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts is the first of its kind to provide professional business and artistic training toward aBachelor of Fine Arts degree. The undergraduate program is designed to provide professional training for students who aspire to succeed as creative entrepreneurs in the music industry. Since it opened its doors in 2003, the program has been a leader in training aspiring music entrepreneurs. It has been on the cutting edge of music education, offering innovative courses like “The History of Def Jam,” “Emerging Music Trends,” and “Branding.” The program bears the name of its chief patron and advisor, Clive Davis.

Me, the Mob, and the Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James & The Shondells