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Rod Stewart and Whitney’s Houston’s influential record producer Clive Davis turns 82 today (April 4, 2014) so we thought it was time to look at some of the key milestone albums from his career so far.
Clive Davis believed singer Whitney Houston had the potential to be next big superstar, so he signed her in 1983 and the two began work on this, her debut album. The album brought three number-one singles - ‘Saving All My Love for You, ‘How Will I Know’ and ‘Greatest Love of All’.
Aretha herself considers this one of her best-ever albums and its lead single, "Freeway of Love", was one of her biggest career hits. ‘Freeway of Love’ also won Franklin a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
This album made Whitney Houston an international star and it set historic records on the official music charts. Its first four singles, ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)’, ‘Didn't We Almost Have It All,’ ‘So Emotional’ and ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go’, all peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
‘I’m Your Baby Tonight’ was Whitney’s third album - and the third to cite Clive Davis as Executive Producer. Houston continued her previous commercial success throughout the 1990s but ‘I'm Your Baby Tonight’ was her last album until 1998's ‘My Love Is Your Love’.
Aretha Franklin’s album back catalogue is immense. A Rose is Still a Rose was her thirty-sixth studio album! It was also best-selling album of the 1990s.
‘Dance With My Father’ star Luther Vandross also worked with music producer Clive Davis. This album was released on Davis’s record label, J Records. Vandross’s ‘Any Day Now’ went on to receive a nomination for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance at the 2003 Grammy Awards.
Rod Stewart’s It Had to Be You: The Great American Songbook was his first release for J Records, Clive Davis’s record label. It included his second recording of the classic song ‘Every Time We Say Goodbye.’