Documentary delves into life of music pioneer Clive Davis

Documentary delves into life of music pioneer Clive Davis

Clive Davis: The Soundtrack Of Our Lives opened the Tribeca Film Festival, and now it's headed to Apple Music.

"It is an incredible milestone to have a film about my life premiere on opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival in an iconic venue such as Radio City Music Hall", Davis said in a statement. And with a line up that included Barry Manilow, Jennifer Hudson, Earth Wind and Fire, Dionne Warwick, Carly Simon, and the mighty, mighty Aretha Franklin (in that order), it was obvious that the sprightly 85-year-old still commands the r-e-s-p-e-c-t of a music career unparalleled.

Davis' most famous discovery, Whitney Houston, was also acknowledged by way of a medley sung by Jennifer Hudson. Apple did not disclose when it will release "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives" or whether it will have a theatrical release. Even Kenny G, master of mom jazz himself, turns up to extol the "Man With the Golden Ears", the sobriquet Davis' talent-spotting prowess has earned him.

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Others shared the sentiment on-screen.

From 1967 to 1973, Davis was the president of Columbia Records. "I had no money after my parents died, so I went through school on scholarships. But I wasn't going to miss this", she said. And this isn't being callous to what happened to Houston, but she's not the only one of Davis' artists to die (the first artist he ever signed was Janis Joplin), yet around 20 minutes of the film are spent recounting her last days - to the point I forgot who the true subject of the documentary was.

"I think the film beautifully captures the real Whitney that you have never seen", Davis told Inside Edition. Whoopi Goldberg worked as the emcee in between the performances. "This is in our hands now". "He turned Barry Manilow into a top-selling recording artist and helped resurrect the careers of both Warwick and Franklin, the latter of whom closed the impromptu tribute concert with two songs, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "Freeway of Love".

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