“Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives”: The Lowdown

What could inspire numerous Grammy-winning recording artists to convene under the same roof for one night?

Clive Davis and Whitney Houston on poster
Without missing a beat, following the screening, the concert began with Whoopi Goldberg acting as emcee. Barry Manilow burst onto the stage performing a high-spirited medley of his greatest hits. Among them: “Can’t Smile Without You,” “Mandy”, “Copacobana”, “Ready To Take A Chance Again,” “It’s a Miracle, “I Made It Through The Rain,” “Daybreak,” and “I Write The Songs.”
Dionne Warwick at Clive Concert
Dionne Warwick. Photo courtesy of Mark Doctrow.

 

Dionne Warwick followed up with  her 1979 hit and first song recorded at Arista while headed by Davis: “I’ll Never Love This Way Again”. She finished her two-song set with “That’s What Friends Are For.”
Singer-songwriter Carly Simon sang “Coming Around Again”  accompanied by her son Ben on guitar. A choir of children wearing colorful t-shirts joined them onstage to sing “Isty Bitsy Spider.”
Aretha Franklin, who signed with Davis’s Arista Records in 1980, closed the concert. Davis is credited with reviving the Queen of Soul’s recording career. Before singing, Franklin praised the honoree: “He’s not only a chieftain who sits in the executive office and takes care of all the business, he takes care of his artists as well.” Franklin then showed why she is one of the recording industry’s most respected artists with her gospel-infused rendition of “Natural Woman” and “Freeway of Love.”
Aretha at Clive concert Radio City
That’s the Lowdown.
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