Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 26, 1973 · Page 9
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* 4 mm MfJtiVSKY YORK (NEA)-CUve Divto was the American Dream personified. Bom tnd raised in Brooklyn, he hed yard t******* and joined Supreme Court of New York, Cohmbia Records as a depu- charging Clive Davis with tan* f SuddBnfc?, « Mty tt, Wit liam Paiey, chairmen of the eqftttiMtd tht dtenltnl of CUv* btvfe. Ht olio announced that CBS hid ty counsel in 1960. By 1967, he was president of Columbia* Second in a Series Records. In 1973, at the age of 40, he was mado president of CBS Records Group, a title that carried with it the moot prestigious job in the record' ing industry. He me* in fact, the No. 1 recording executive in America. During his rise through the corporate ttratotphere, Clive Davis was • pin-striped whirling dervish. He had signed Janis Joplin, Blood Sweat and Tears, Santana, end other rock stars while they still on their way to stardom., He moved rock from 15 per cent of Ooftimbia Records' ime to over SO per cent He cornered 22 per cent of the! entire record market for CBS. He grossed for the company $340 million in sales in 1972 alone. BESIDES showering him with titles, CBS paid him a salary of $350,000 a year, and niada him a director of the corporation itself. The people at CBS were convinced that, some day, Clive Davis would run the entire conglomerate, which includes, among other things, the television network. proper use of company funds. The company also asked the court for the return of over $94,000 which it claimed Davis used for such personal expenses, as redecorating his apartment end hosting a bar mitzvah party for his son at the Plaza Hotel. Davis has been underground ever since. BUT THE CHARGES against Davis have not been accepted on face value either in the recording industry or in the media. Immediately after Davis' dismissal, stories began appearing which implied that CBS had jettisoned Davis for reasons that really had nothing to do with misappropriation of company funds. The reason, the stories suggested, was because Give Davis had sanctioned the use otf drugs — eocene, most nr> — as a form of payola to disc jockeys and to rock stars as well. The stories did not imply that dive Davis was actively pushing cocaine to disc jockeys and to his p formers. They implied, instead, that he knew it was going on and did nothing to stop it. All of these rumors, pyramided upon each other, have peaked in what has been call­ ed Payola Scandal II. There am people in the record industry who will say that the entire Clive Davis affair is nothing more than an internal matter at CBS. There are other people who will say that CBS did to Clive Davis what the <frug rumors have evolved. It is no secret that some mu­ tably sicians today (or some musicians of the past, for that matter) prefer cocaine and marijuana to Scotch and bourbon. The managers, agents and executives, it is rumored, tie WMte House did to John preferred women. Dean. SINCE A FEDERAL grand jury has begun an investigation into the use of drugs and payola to promote records, CBS wanted to detach itself who got the slices 1 * I" In 1972 Don Mclaan wrote and recorded -American Pie." The single sold y 4.5 million copies, the album 1 .8 million. —- T McLean's take: Artist royalty (10%) $1.1 million 1 • (as composer he received the standard writer's royalty, 2 cents per single, 12 cents per LP. Half- share of publishing copyrights earned him 1 cent per single, 6 cents per LP) total of foreign sales, broadcast royalties $460,000 $200,000 TOTAL $1,660,000 Less: 10 % to agent, -fo% to manager. $1,220,000 r 1 United Artists, McLean's label, did even better. After royalties and overhead and other expenses: 20 cents per single, up to $1 per album. from Forbes Magazine from Davis, lest he bring the company down with him in testimony under oath. But so far, the only people who have accused Davis of any wrongdoing have been the people at CBS itself. The entire Davis affair began quite by accident. The Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs was tapping the telephone of a reputed mobster named quale (Patsy) Falcone last winter, accumulating evidence for an indictment on drug charges. Falcone, the bureau 4 discovered, shared an office, a secretary and some talent- ma nagement work with Frank Campana, who had been manager of artist relations at Columbia Records. Among the Columbia singers managed by the Campana- Falcone offfice were Tommy Cash, Lym Anderson and C. C Smith. The bureau then found, among Falcone's papers, the name of David Wynsfoaw, Columbia's director of artist relations and a personal aide of GKve Davis. Like his boss, Wynshaw has been fired by CBS. Wynshaw's job at Columbia Record was to assist Y in keeping important people happy — particularly singers, their managers and agents, and radio executives. It is from these duties that ii Arnold Palmer Personal Qolf Clubs Investment Cost Heads L Elongated Sweet Spot Irons Stainless Steel Heads (NO TARNISH, RUST, CO/MODE or PITTING) 3 WOODS —No. 1-3-4 8 IRONS - No. 2 thru 9 List List '108.00 •208.00 THIS WEEKEND ONLY WOODS IRONS Sur. We'll Trade In At This Pries Stein Inc • LUGGAGE SPORTING GOODS • PURSES 345 E. Main St. Downtown Galesburg Said Chris Van Ness, a rock music critic for the Los Angeles Free Press: "I've seeni 6tuff pass before my eyes cocaine is one thing. There are also parties with women. Money. Gfathes. I would say drugs are 80 per cent of it I think it has been there ever since the record industry's been there." BUT FROM a legal standpoint, everything — including a rumored $250,000 payola budget at Columbia Records is conjecture and nothing more. The Wail Street Journal has reported that Wyn­ shaw has told federal attorneys that Columbia was paying $7,000 a week to a Kal Rudman, who publishes a weekly tip-sheet for radio men. The tip-sheet advises disc jockeys of what songs are popular around the coun- ry. Rudman, according to the Journal, then relayed the money to radio people around the country in return for air lime for Columbia records. While Rudman denied the charge, he admitted, through a public relations man, to taking money from Columbia, bin he said the money went to pay his promotion men who visited stations to plug records. DESPITE ALL of the drug rumors, the vintage payola apparently has still not strayed too far from its original form — money. Jack Gibson, a former disc jockey for black radio stations in the South, said: "I was one of the biggest payola operators in the country. I took plenty of tread from about 10 different record companies. I played their records as long as they kept sending me money. I did it because I had to raise a family and pay a mortgage on a salary of $75 a week." Gibson, who lives in Orlando, Fla., left the radio business several years ago. He has been working for record companies most of the time since then. Jerry Boulding, a program coitsudtant to black-oriented radio stations, said: "It (payola) has been going on as long as there's been an (record) industry, and it's no different from any other industry. From the Columbia group, I'd say it's a maximum of $50,000 a year that gets into •the hands of black deejays. And all the rest of the companies together pay maybe another $50,000. A thousand dodlars will get you Chicago. Three hundred dollars will get you Cleveland. The whole thing happens maybe five, six times a year. Not every station will take it (payola). Besides, when you have a hit, you don't have to pay anybody. AS FOR CUVB DAVIS, himself, a groundswell of sympathy appears to be building in his favor — at Columhbia Records. "Everybody hopes Clive comes back within six months and forms his own company," said a Columbia talent manager. "They'd all go with him. I hear every maanger, artist, producer, agent in the street saying that they hope he does it. There's no stigma at all. Tbey all respect him, and they know what he can do." GolMbur u Come Muggy rpet Warehouse" * L 4. • i Save! f It's Just Amazing The Things & Stuff We've Accumulated — You Must See It To Believe It. 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