Tributes poured in on Monday (August 14) for legendary music trade determine Clarence Avant, who handed away at his dwelling in Los Angeles on Sunday, aged 92.
Avant, who got here to be generally known as the ‘Godfather Of Black Music’ for his attain and affect within the leisure enterprise suggested and guided the careers of Invoice Withers, Quincy Jones, and lots of extra.
He additionally mentored outstanding music executives starting from L.A. Reid to Jon Platt, Irving Azoff, Sean Combs and others.
He was a md of Motown Information within the Nineties and in addition based Sussex Information in 1969 and Tabu Information within the mid-Nineteen Seventies.
“It’s with a heavy coronary heart that the Avant/Sarandos household announce the passing of Clarence Alexander Avant,” learn a press release from his household together with son Alex, daughter Nicole and her husband, Ted Sarandos (Netflix‘s co-CEO).
His household added: “By means of his revolutionary enterprise management, Clarence turned affectionately generally known as ‘the Black Godfather’ within the worlds of music, leisure, politics, and sports activities. Clarence leaves behind a loving household and a sea of mates and associates which have modified the world and can proceed to vary the world for generations to return. The enjoyment of his legacy eases the sorrow of our loss.”
In a press release revealed to social media by Sony Music Publishing, the corporate’s Chairman and CEO Jon Platt mentioned: “It’s troublesome to course of the lack of Clarence Avant. Clarence was an ally and mentor to me and lots of others who adopted the path he blazed.
“It’s troublesome to course of the lack of Clarence Avant. Clarence was an ally and mentor to me and lots of others who adopted the path he blazed.”
Jon Platt, Sony Music Publishing
Added Platt: “As one of many main architects of the Black leisure enterprise, he expanded alternatives for executives of shade and supported us alongside our journey.
“Clarence Avant positively impacted my life the second he walked into it, filling a void that I didn’t know existed. Clarence is the closest individual to a father that I ever had. He typically would say, “Life is about numbers…you’re born with a quantity, and you permit earth with a quantity…”. And he was proper, however what Clarence additionally confirmed me is life is in regards to the variety of lives you influence if you are right here. I’m endlessly grateful for Clarence’s robust love and encouragement. I’m additionally grateful to Mrs. Avant, Nicole, Alex, and Ted for sharing Clarence with all of us.”
In a press release issued on Monday, Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman & CEO of Common Music Group, mentioned: “Clarence Avant’s extraordinary musical legacy has been felt for many years and will likely be felt for many years to return.”
“Clarence Avant’s extraordinary musical legacy has been felt for many years and will likely be felt for many years to return.”
Sir Lucian Grainge, Common Music Group
Added Grainge: “He will likely be remembered as each an excellent catalyst and protector of tradition. His understated but highly effective affect transcended music, spanning the worlds of leisure, sports activities and politics.
“I’m profoundly grateful for his friendship and mentorship. Now we have misplaced an incomparable visionary whose brilliance, humor, irreverence, and love made the world a greater place.
“On behalf of everybody at UMG, we provide our deepest condolences to Nicole, Ted and Alex and to their complete household.”
“Clarence Avant isn’t simply the ‘Godfather Of Black Music,’ he’s our cultural Godfather.”
In a press release revealed to social media, Roc Nation mentioned: “Clarence Avant isn’t simply the ‘Godfather Of Black Music,’ he’s our cultural Godfather.
“All through his life, he burst via doorways and tore down ceilings, altering lives and offering alternatives for generations. A real pioneer, a mentor and a champion, Clarence Avant is and all the time will likely be a large amongst us.”
“His passing is a superb lack of somebody who’s irreplaceable. Clarance’s extraordinary contribution to music and the boundaries he broke all through his profession are unmatched.”
In an Instagram publish, Clive Davis wrote: “Clarence Avant was really certainly one of a sort. His passing is a superb lack of somebody who’s irreplaceable. Clarance’s extraordinary contribution to music and the boundaries he broke all through his profession are unmatched.
“He was the mentor to all Black executives within the music trade for many years, offering invaluable steering and assist whereas all the time standing up for equal rights. Clarence was humane and truthful and impressed love and respect from all who knew him. I personally liked him and can miss him endlessly.”
“He was a legend – a pioneering drive in music, devoted champion for Black artists, cultural trailblazer and highly effective voice for humanitarian efforts.”
Common Music Publishing Group Chairman and CEO Jody Gerson mentioned: “There are not any phrases that may absolutely seize Clarence Avant’s affect. He was a legend – a pioneering drive in music, devoted champion for Black artists, cultural trailblazer and highly effective voice for humanitarian efforts.
“Clarence’s legacy will dwell on via the numerous artists, songwriters, producers, executives and mates he mentored and supported. All of us at UMPG ship our deepest condolences to his household and all who knew and liked him.”
“He’s the final word instance of what change seems to be like, what architecting change seems to be like, and what the success of change seems to be like.”
Pharell Williams (in a press release issued to The Hollywood Reporter)
In a press release issued to The Hollywood Reporter, Pharell Williams mentioned: “He’s the final word instance of what change seems to be like, what architecting change seems to be like, and what the success of change seems to be like.
“He stared adversity within the face in climates and situations that weren’t welcoming to those that seemed like him. However via his expertise and relentless spirit within the pursuit to be one of the best of one of the best, he garnered the assist and friendship of people that in any other case wouldn’t look in our course. He confirmed them what we may be, what we are able to do, and the way rather more we are able to all obtain when you give us alternative.”
In a press release posted on social media, Magic Johnson, mentioned: “Relaxation in peace to the legendary, game-changing “Black Godfather”, and my nice buddy Clarence Avant.
Added Johnson: “His accomplishments communicate for themselves. As a former music supervisor, he based two report labels and bought the primary absolutely black-owned radio station.
“He consulted many main studios within the Nineteen Seventies and suggested Presidents Jimmy Carter, Invoice Clinton, George Bush and Barack Obama. He additionally served as chairman of the board at Motown Information, promoted Michael Jackson’s BAD tour and is liable for discovering most of the most unimaginable music artists we all know right this moment.”
Invoice Clinton, posting a press release on social media mentioned: “It was inconceivable to spend time with Clarence Avant and never come away feeling extra constructive and desirous to observe his instance. Hillary and I simply liked him.”
“Clarence Avant, generally known as ‘The Black Godfather,’ was cool, savvy, assured, and fearless — somebody who made the seemingly inconceivable potential.”
Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame
The Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame mentioned in a press release: “Clarence Avant, generally known as ‘The Black Godfather,’ was cool, savvy, assured, and fearless — somebody who made the seemingly inconceivable potential.
“Avant served quite a lot of roles throughout his illustrious profession, together with supervisor, label proprietor, live performance organizer, occasion producer, political fundraiser, and mentor. He was the quintessential impresario, with an uncanny potential to attach folks, open doorways, and supply alternatives for numerous musicians, actors, and politicians. Corridor of Famer Invoice Withers completely summed up Avant’s influence: ‘He put folks collectively’.”Music Enterprise Worldwide