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
  • Clarence Avant

Ja'Net Dubois

Avant helped produce the off Broaday play The Reckoning, starring Ja'Net Dubois, in 1969. Dubois would go on to star as Wilona in the groundbreaking TV sitcom Good Times. She would also write and sing the theme song for another trailblazing TV series, The Jeffersons. The song would become one of TV's most beloved theme songs. 


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