Clive Davis quotes

Born
April 4, 1932, Brooklyn, New York, United States.

Occupation
Record producer.

Clive Davis is an American record producer.

The subject of bisexuality really needs much more discussion. It’s a status that does exist.
– Clive Davis
I did not develop my ear. I discovered I had an ear, and it was an accident.
– Clive Davis
You’ve got to seize the opportunity if it is presented to you.
– Clive Davis
I would say, from an all-around point of view, Bruce Springsteen is one of the two great poet lords of America, Bob Dylan, coming out of the music world, the two of them.
– Clive Davis
I play no instruments.
– Clive Davis
I’m the keeper of the flame for Whitney Houston. She was the greatest… and I don’t want the world to forget that.
– Clive Davis
I have total respect for the self-contained rock artist. Whether you’re dealing with Jerry Garcia or Lou Reed or Patti Smith or a Whitney or an Aretha, they know what they want with their career.
– Clive Davis
The adage that you’re either gay or straight or you’re lying, well, that’s not true. Bisexuality does exist.
– Clive Davis
I had no idea what awaited me when I took a job with CBS Records, and it was a total surprise to find I had a gift and an ear for music.
– Clive Davis
There will come a time when very few will care about other people’s sexual preference – or preferences.
– Clive Davis
I’m not into one-hit wonders.
– Clive Davis
In this age when people expect to get their music for free, we have to work out how we can protect the rights of creative artists so they are compensated fairly and that the record business itself remains sound and healthy.
– Clive Davis
You don’t have favorites among your offspring, and you don’t among the artists you’re involved with, but clearly among my most favorite was Patti Smith.
– Clive Davis
The purity of finding the right artist, that artist that’s gonna be the next hall of famer, that artist that’s gonna be the next headliner, lifting people out of their seats at Madison Square Garden, that song that’s gonna be sung for hundreds and hundreds of years, that essence remains the same.
– Clive Davis
Watching artists like Joplin perform, I felt that tingle down my spine; I experienced the wonders of a cultural and musical revolution.
– Clive Davis
The story of Rod Stewart, the story of Carlos Santana is so inspiring to young musicians because it shows in this trendy business how long a career can last. It shows how you can soar back, regardless of age.
– Clive Davis
My ‘act’ was schoolwork. I was your basic, garden-variety, ambitious, upwardly mobile, hard-working Jewish boy from Brooklyn. I was bound to go beyond my parents. It was simply the way things were.
– Clive Davis
I feel blessed that I found not just a profession, but a 24/7 way of life that I purely love. That curiosity to be current, to listen to the Hozier album, to be early in recognition of a Lorde and spending time with her and Miguel, the pleasure of seeing new talent erupt… I love it.
– Clive Davis
My years with Aretha Franklin have been very special, as were the years making records with Dionne Warwick. Other highlights include working with Janis Joplin, who was the first artist I ever signed, as well as Patti Smith and Alicia Keys.
– Clive Davis
Having lost both my parents as a teenager, family is so important to me, and I cherish my time with my children and grandchildren. I have four children, and they all became lawyers – as I was myself before I got into music.
– Clive Davis
After my second marriage failed… I said, ‘You know, could I have a relationship with a man? A loving relationship with a man that would involve intimacy?’ For a while, before I did get into a relationship, I saw, for a few years, either women or men. And I found that I could be attracted to both.
– Clive Davis
You see the genius that Whitney Houston has as an interpreter of material, and you realize why genius can be applied to only a few interpretive performers. She finds meaning and depth and soulfulness in a song that often the writer and composer never really knew was there.
– Clive Davis
I encourage the study of music. And the immersion. ‘Cause my life has been so enriched by being involved in music as I have.
– Clive Davis