20 Ways Clarence Avant Influenced Black Music

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  • 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
  • Little Wille John, Sarah Vaughan

Stax Records

Becoming known as prized deal-maker, Avant was recruited by music executive Al Bell to aid in the sell of the legendary soul music label, Stax Records, to Gulf+Western. Known as the antithesis to Motown, Stax specialized in gritty and rough-sounding soul music. And its artist roster included Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding and Johnnie Taylor.


(Photo: STAX Records)