Tuesday, February 19, 2013

February 19

Note: For an expanded post about the self-confessed relationships with male partners by legendary music producer Clive Davis (at the end of this post), head on over to my other blog at:

Denim Tuesday (just because):

The tragic consequence of spending too much time 
on one's knees:

Clive Davis: 
Bisexual Music Industry Executive

In his just published memoir, music industry executive and record producer Clive Davis (b. 1932) states that he is bisexual. He is currently involved with another man, who is not in the entertainment industry. His new book, titled The Soundtrack of My Life, states that he remains close to his family, which includes three sons, a daughter and six grandchildren. Davis, who has been married to two women in the past, says that his family has always known of his bisexuality. For many years there have been rumors that Davis had sexual relationships with men, so this memoir confirms the validity of insider gossip.

"After my second marriage failed in 1985, I met a man who was also grounded in music. Having only had loving relationships and sexual intimacy with women, I opened myself up to the possibility that I could have that with a male, and found that I could, but I never stopped being attracted to women. Bisexuality is misunderstood; the adage is that you're either straight or gay or lying, but that's not my experience. To call me anything other than bisexual would be inaccurate."

Among the personal revelations laid bare in the book is the admission that for the past 20 years he has had two long-term male partners, with a doctor for thirteen years and for the past seven with another man he does not name.

Eighty-year-old Davis has won five Grammy Awards and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer. From 1967 to 1973 he was president of Columbia Records, and he later founded Arista Records and J Records. From 2002 to 2008, Davis was the Chairman and CEO of the RCA Music Group. Currently Davis is currently the Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Entertainment and today plays a part in the careers of Aretha Franklin, Rod Stewart, Alicia Keys, Barry Manilow, Christina Aguilera, Carlos Santana, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis and Jennifer Hudson. Davis is credited with bringing Whitney Houston (shown below) to prominence.

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