20 Ways Clarence Avant Influenced Black Music

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  • Stax Records, Clarence Avant
  • Sussex Records
  • Bill Withers, Clarence Avant
  • Dennis Coffey, Clarence Avant
  • Clarence Avant, Avant Garde Broadcasting
  • Chuck Brown
  • Tabu Records, Clarence Avant
  • Kool & the Gang
  • Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Clarence Avant
  • S.O.S. Band, Clarence Avant
  • Cherrelle
  • Alexander O'Neal
  • Michael Jackson, Clarence Avant
  • Motown Records, Clarence Avant
  • Jheryl Busby, Clarence Avant
  • George Jackson
  • Clarence Avant
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  • Little Wille John, Sarah Vaughan
  • Venture Records, Clarence Avant
  • Ja'Net Dubois, Clarence Avant

Bill Withers

One of Sussex Records' most successful artists was Bill Withers, whose 1971 LP Just As I Am scored a Grammy for the hit single "Ain't No Sunchine." Withers's songs, like "Lean on Me" and "Grandma's Hands," have been sampled by hip hop and R&B acts from Big Daddy Kane to Blackstreet. 

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