Tribeca Film Festival kicks off in NY

Apr 23, 2017, 02:27
Tribeca Film Festival kicks off in NY

Music legends Aretha Franklin, Carly Simon, Dionne Warwick and others were brought together by music executive Clive Davis who premiered his new documentary film Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives at the 16th annual festival.

In many ways, The Soundtrack of Our Lives isn't about Clive Davis. The event was one part fete to music powerhouse Clive Davis, and also a parade of some of the biggest living artists who bloomed under his tutelage, mixed in with some pot shots at the current administration. Apple Music acquired the rights to The Soundtrack of Our Lives prior to its Tribeca premiere, though a wide release date has yet to be announced. So when Hudson, who opened with "Hallelujah" as a tribute to the late Leonard Cohen, began a medley of songs to honor Houston, the crowd went wild, especially when she walked into the audience to dance with Davis during "I Wanna Dance With Somebody".

NEW YORK (AP) — Clive Davis celebrated his legacy with the debut of a documentary about his life, along with performances from artists he helped become icons, during the opening night of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. "And I was going to be a lawyer". 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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When Franklin — who closed the show — sang "Natural Woman", she pointed to Davis and sang the lyrics, "He makes me feel".

"Where is Clive at?" she yelled.

"Apple is a global innovator that has revolutionized the distribution of music", said Davis.

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Davis is the producer behind artists such as Aretha Franklin, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, and Alicia Keys.

From 1967 to 1973, Davis was the president of Columbia Records.

In the documentary, Davis said he had been given an early copy of an early version of the 1992 film, The Bodyguard in which Houston starred opposite Kevin Costner. Whoopi Goldberg worked as the emcee in between the performances.

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