Clarence Avant Was Known To Many At The Black Godfather
Tragically, Clarence Avant, a pioneer and tastemaker in the music industry, has passed away at the age of 92. He was known as the “Black Godfather” thanks to his prominence as a figurehead in the music business. The Hollywood Reporter claims that Avant passed suddenly on Sunday, August 13, at his Los Angeles residence. His family issued a statement in response to the news.
Clarence Avant Was Very Beloved
The Avant/Sarandos family released a statement to THR saying, “Clarence leaves behind a loving family and a sea of friends and associates that have changed the world and will continue to change the world for generations to come.” The happiness of his legacy lessens the pain of our loss. Only 20 months have passed since his philanthropic wife Jacqueline Avant was fatally shot at their Beverly Hills home in December 2021. This unexpected news comes as a shock. Nicole Avant, his daughter, and Alexander, his son, survive him.
R.I.P. To A Great One
The Black Godfather on Netflix delves into Avant’s long career as a record executive, manager, promoter, and other positions. Avant played a significant role in the growth of the contemporary music business. Additionally, he managed Sarah Vaughn, found Bill Withers, and collaborated covertly with LA Reid, Jay-Z, Quincy Jones, etc. In the 1990s, he served as Motown’s chairman for four years and promoted Michael Jackson’s Bad tour.
Additionally, in 2021, Avant was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and presented with the Ahmet Ertegun Award. There is no way that you could discuss Clarence Avant in four minutes, according to Lionel Richie, who gave the entrance address.He is an educator. He can communicate effectively. He is the ideal synthesis of common sense and street smarts. Avant was the one who helped us gain some grasp of what the music industry was all about, and by “us” I mean the sons and daughters of the Afro-American community. His impact, nevertheless, goes far beyond music. Barack Obama, the former president, said that Avant was instrumental in getting him a spot at the 2004 Democratic convention. Consequently, it set him up for a successful run in politics. Stay tapped in with HHMW for more industry news!