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Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party is still a star-studded hit as it marks 40 years

Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party is still a star-studded hit as it marks 40 years

In 1976, record label chief Clive Davis faced a strictly pragmatic question.

Singer Barry Manilow had just scored the first Grammy Award nominations for Davis' fledgling Arista Records label — including a record-of-the-year nod for his hit single "Mandy" — and the two thought they should celebrate the achievement. But how?

"We knew every other record company would be having its own Grammy party after the awards ceremony," Davis said. "I told Barry, 'If we have it at Chasen's, we might be able to fill one or two tables' " with guests who weren't committed to other post-Grammy events.

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