Saturday, April 13, 2024

Clive Davis on Aretha Franklin: “She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world”


Clive Davis has posted a message on Twitter about Aretha Franklin.

He wrote: “I’m absolutely devastated by Aretha’s passing. She was truly one of a kind. She was more than the Queen of Soul. She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world. Apart from our long professional relationship, Aretha was my friend. Her loss is deeply profound and my heart is full of sadness.”

In 1980, when Atlantic Records dropped Aretha after 13 glorious years, Davis swooped in and signed her to Arista Records. In short order, Arista re-established Aretha’s legacy with hits like “Jimmy Lee,” “Jump to It,” “Freeway of Love,” and so on. Their association turned into a 38 year friendship, a real relationship that spilled over to social events as well.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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