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Jennifer Hudson serenades legendary music producer Clive Davis

Jennifer Hudson serenades legendary music producer Clive Davis

Jennifer Hudson serenades legendary music producer Clive Davis

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.

Clive Davis hit the red carpet for the opening of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at Radio City Music Hall, which kicked off with the documentary about his life - Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives.

The film, titled Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, is based on Davis' 2013 memoir of the same name, according to Billboard. But when it's someone like Clive Davis, the night turns into exactly what the opening of a film festival should be: A star-studded affair including an insightful and heartwarming documentary, all topped off with performances from a lineup of legendary artists.

As the musicians and movie were there to remind, Davis was a man who found and cultivated artists like Bruce Springsteen, Carlos Santana and Janis Joplin, as well as those, such as Warwick, whom he revived mid-career.

As part of the tribute, Oscar and Grammy Award victor Jennifer Hudson performed a medley of the biggest hits of Whitney Houston - the protege who Davis discovered and mentored but ultimately could not save from premature death.

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"I'm fighting an upper respiratory viral infection and shortness of breath, so forgive me if I miss a few notes", the soul diva told a packed house at Radio City Music Hall Wednesday. The former American Idol contestant performed a mash-up of "I'm Every Woman", "How Will I Know" and "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" - and ran into the Radio City crowd to coax Davis into a brief jig. "And I was going to be a lawyer".

The first night of the film festival was a time to celebrate music and the arts and also honor the person Aretha Franklin called "the greatest record man of all-time".

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

Davis describes how he went from "knowing nothing" about music in the early '60s to finding out later he had a natural gift.

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