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Jennifer Hudson Covers Whitney & More at All-Star Salute to Clive Davis

21 April 2017

The film portrays the relationship between Houston and Davis as father-daughter, and also reveals that Davis was in denial about Houston's drug use for many years.

The Tribeca Film Festival launched in style with an all-star tribute to music industry legend Clive Davis, held at New York City's famed Radio City Music Hall.

Apple Music has announced its latest video venture - a documentary about the life and career of music mogul Clive Davis, which debuted yesterday evening at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Hudson said that without Houston, a generation of singers, including herself, may not have been inspired to sing. Franklin was more personal in her appreciation of Davis, saying, "He's not only the chieftain who sits in his office taking care of his business, he takes care of his artists as well".

Davis is the producer behind artists such as Aretha Franklin, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, and Alicia Keys. In addition to footage of Houston's first television appearance, a 1985 performance on The Merv Griffin Show, The Soundtrack of My Life includes an early demo of "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" that Davis says in the film would have been fine for an artist like Olivia Newton-John. Davis earned a loud cheer from the audience when he started dancing. Rosenthal and De Niro, a man who was raised in Greenwich Village himself, then introduced the film, a sonorous walk down music history lane for more than 50 years.

Manilow kicked off the event with an impressive 14-song medley of hits from his career that showcased his skills as an arranger as much as a performer.

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"Any time we want to reminisce on our Clive or his legacy, we know Whitney Houston is a part of it", Hudson said.

Earth, Wind & Fire performed their biggest sing-alongs like "September" and "Shining Star", and was even joined by Kenny G for "The Way You Move".

The weirdest moment of the night came from Carly Simon, who melded her 1986 hit "Coming Around Again" with an extended version of the nursery rhyme "Itsy Bitsy Spider", backed with a group of children.

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Jennifer Hudson Covers Whitney & More at All-Star Salute to Clive Davis