Clive Davis tribute launches Tribeca Film Festival


There are few people that Aretha Franklin would ever bow to, but on Wednesday night, she did exactly that for her mentor Clive Davis at Radio City Music Hall. Instead of involving a gathering of film's most famous names, the night marked the world premiere of Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, a documentary honoring the impact the renowned music exec has had on the industry through the eyes of Davis himself and those who've worked with him over the last 50 years. Davis has signed, influenced and driven the careers of numerous most important music artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries including Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Santana, Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Alicia Keys, Sean "Puffy" Combs, and a great many more who attest to Davis as, in Aretha Franklin's words, "the greatest record man of all time".

Clive Davis's annual pre-Grammy party in Los Angeles, which dates back 40 years, is known for flashy celebrity guests, intimate performances, and the aroma of exclusivity.

Christina Ricci attends the world premiere of "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives" at Radio City Music Hall, during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in NY.

As the musicians and movie were there to remind, Davis was a man who found and cultivated artists like Bruce Springsteen, Carlos Santana and Janis Joplin, as well as those, such as Warwick, whom he revived mid-career. Hudson followed, letting loose a roof-shaking cover of "Hallelujah" and a Whitney Houston medley that had the audience out of their seats and her dancing up the aisle to share a moment with Davis.

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"Where is Clive at?" she yelled. "But I wasn't going to miss this evening". She also called her longtime collaborator a "chieftain" and "humanitarian". A music critic featured prominently throughout the film notes that Davis landed at the nexus of "not just a social revolution, but a musical revolution".

From 1967 to 1973, Davis was the president of Columbia Records.

He said watching the documentary was somewhat hard, especially scenes with Houston, who died in 2012.

Specific information regarding Apple's acquisition of the documentary are unclear at this point.