Documentary delves into life of music pioneer Clive Davis

Friday, 21 Apr, 2017

"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. Robert De Niro attends the world premiere of "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives" at Radio City Music Hall, during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in NY.

"The festival has been growing and growing every year", said Governor Andrew Cuomo, who opened the night with some jokes and NY pride. Barry Manilow, Earth Wind & Fire - with a guest appearance from Kenny G - and Aretha Franklin each performed some of their biggest hits. Hudson followed, letting loose a roof-shaking cover of "Hallelujah" and a Whitney Houston medley that had the audience out of their seats and her dancing up the aisle to share a moment with Davis. "Happiness is a man called Clive", she said, before her short set.

When Franklin - who closed the show - sang "Natural Woman", she pointed to Davis and sang the lyrics, "He makes me feel".

Franklin spoke briefly about her long working relationship with Davis, saying, "What a wonderful, caring, caring humanitarian".

Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives was directed by Chris Perkel and is based on Davis' 2013 autobiography of the same name. He lost his parents while he was an undergraduate at New York University, and later attended Harvard Law School. But for the most part, the movie offers a warm and rosy picture of the longtime head of Columbia and Arista records, who is portrayed as a devoted music fan, a dedicated family man, a savvy business person and a trusted guardian angel for artists.

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Davis has since signed or helped manage the careers of dozens of musicians ranging from Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys to Santana and Kelly Clarkson.

Other performers included Kenny G and Dionne Warwick, who earned a standing ovation after she hit a high note.

Whoopi Goldberg emceed the evening, which kicked off with a performance by Barry Manilow.

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