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  • Clive Owens Through the Years

    Clive Davis with rock singer Janis Joplin in 1969. Joplin was Davis' first discovery of a future star. In 1968 Davis recorded -- and, according to allmusic.com, personally reedited the single to -- her hit song "Piece of My Heart." "To this day, there's nobody, nobody that sounds like Janice Joplin," Davis told Cynthia McFadden. WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW TONIGHT AT 12:35 A.M. ON "NIGHTLINE."
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    Clive Davis discovered Whitney Houston when she was a teenager. He introduced her on "The Merv Griffin Show" in 1985 and announced her death 30 years later at his annual pre-Grammys party.
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    Country star Carrie Underwood has performed at Davis' famous pre-Grammys party.
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    Davis with Alicia Keys and rapper Busta Rhymes. Davis told Cynthia McFadden he would like to do an album of "diva signature songs" with Keys, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Adele.
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    Davis helped Rod Stewart write an immensely successful new chapter to his career with Stewart's Great American Songbook albums. "Five albums in that series have sold over 20 million around the world," Davis said.
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    Davis ran Columbia Records from 1967 to 1973, and now is Chief Creative Officer at Sony Music, Columbia's parent company. Barbra Streisand is a longtime Columbia/Sony artist, along with Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.
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  • Clive Owens Through the Years

    "I have three great joys in life, musically, professionally," Davis told Cynthia McFadden. "[First] are the original artists that I sign from scratch that mark my career ... whether it's Whitney or Alicia or Bruce or Janis or Patti Smith, et cetera." Here Davis is seen with Patti Smith.
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    Here Davis is pictured with Bonnie Raitt, Annie Lennox, Carly Simon and Sheryl Crow.
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  • Clive Davis Through the Years

    Davis told Cynthia McFadden he was proud of reviving artists' careers. "You know, they're too great to have peaked. ... It began with Dionne Warwick. With the success for Dionne it led to Aretha Franklin. And then it led to Santana," pictured here with Davis.
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