20 Ways Clarence Avant Influenced Black Music

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  • Clarence Avant
  • Clarence Avant
  • 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

Little Wille John and Sarah Vaughan

One of his first gigs in the music industry was as the manager for R&B singer Little Willie John and pioneering jazz singer Sarah Vaughan. Willie John scored a huge cross-over hit with the song "Fever" in 1956. And Vaughan (a.k.a. "the Divine One") would have a huge career in the '50s and '60s with hits like "Whatever Lola Wants" and "How Important Can It Be."

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