Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on February 12, 2017. The CBS network will broadcast the show live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The most prestigious party associated with the event is the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala. The festivities take place tonight, Saturday, February, 11 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

This year’s guests will include Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Ringo Starr, Metallica, Pharrell Williams, John Legend, Michael Keaton, Jane Fonda, Nile Rogers, Mary J. Blige, Britney Spears, Neil Young, Brian Grazer, Larry King, Andrea Day and Wiz Khalifa.

Clive Davis’s influence has been felt for 50 years in the music industry. He will be honored with a documentary, Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives which opens the 16th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, at Radio City Music Hall on April 19, 2017. After the screening, an all-star music concert will take place featuring performances by Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson and Earth, Wind & Fire. (to name a few)

The documentary is based on Clive Davis’s 2013 bestselling autobiography:

I admire Clive Davis who was President of Columbia-CBS Group in the heyday (1967-1973) at Big Black Rock on 52nd Street in New York City. This was a significant period that expanded my rock music appreciation.

An early pop signing of his was the British folk-rock musician Donovan, who enjoyed a string of successful hit singles and albums released in the U.S. on the Epic Records label.

Clive Davis went on to further success by founding Arista Records in 1975 by signing Patti Smith, Barry Manilow, and after Whitney Houston.

He’s 84 and still a pivotal force in the recording industry as Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Entertainment.

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Record Store Day, Black Friday Edition, 11/25/11

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I make it a rule each year to never venture out on Black Friday. I just can’t deal with the crowds and I have done my stint as a retail sales person many years earlier. Its left its scars. But now I have a raison d’etre to defy that tradition 😉

Attention vinyl junkies and music collectors of all ages/genders. Record Store Day Black Friday Edition is happening on Friday November 25, 2011.

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I highly recommend that you support your local record store on Record Day Black Friday (well every day actually).  Black Friday will be celebrated by approximately 900 independently owned record stores/shops in the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Holland and the UK.

The list of specialty releases can be found here. The pull down menu with more specifics is located here.

So do you see anything that interests you to venture out on Black Friday? I did and then some… (look below) 😉

The major contributor to Record Store Day is the reissue label company, Sundazed. Sundazed Music Inc.  has been around since 1989. They do a fantastic job of coordinating reissues with the major labels such as Sony/BMG Legacy, Arista Records and Verve Records. Browse on over to their Web site and drool at what they offer record collectors. You’ll be amazed at the breadth and depth of their catalog.

Take a look at the Sundazed Record Store Day Black Friday page here.

I plan to write a more extensive blog post, if not a feature article about what Bob Irwin of Sundazed  is accomplishing. Heck I might even make a road trip up to Coxsackie, NY. Now that would be a fun pilgrimage.

When Black Friday comes
I’ll collect everything I’m owed
And before my friends find out
I’ll be on the road

Pictured below are some of the treasures I’ll be hunting for on Record Store Day Black Friday. Wish me luck 😉

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Santana’s First Single from the forthcoming Guitar Heaven due 9/21

Clive Davis and Carlos Santana combine their energies with the Santana band and various guest stars for the new collaboration recording, Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time (Arista Records), available on September 21st.

The first single is the George Harrison classic, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, which features the beautiful voice of Ms. Indie.arie and the masterful bow of cellist Yo-Yo Ma. I loved it when I read what Olivia Harrison said when she heard this recording, ““Listening to the song,” Olivia Harrison told Carlos, “it made me jump for joy and cry at the same time.”.

The track is available here:  http://bit.ly/cQMlQl (link requires iTunes)

The VIP listening and all star concert takes place in Las Vegas on August 25th when Santana returns for their next extended stay at The Joint at The Hard Rock International Hotel. We hope that there will be something special planned on September 3rd when we get to see Santana live there for the 3rd time this year!

Light and Love!