20 Ways Clarence Avant Influenced Black Music

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  • Little Wille John, Sarah Vaughan
  • Venture Records, Clarence Avant
  • Ja'Net Dubois, Clarence Avant
  • 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

A music executive and pioneering deal-maker for over 40 years, Clarence Avant is known as the "Godfather" in the music indusrty because of his willingness to help newcomers in the music business. His work behind the scenes has had a lasting affect on America's musical landscape. Here's a look at the ways this BET Honors honoree has impacted the songs of our lives. 


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