Clarence Avant, the music executive known to many as the “Black Godfather,” has died … 19 months after his wife was murdered in their L.A. area home.
The legendary businessman passed away at his home in L.A. on Sunday, according to a statement from his kids, Nicole and Alexander, as well as his son-in-law, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos.
They said Clarence is leaving behind “a long 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 joy of his legacy eases the sorrow of our loss.”
Clarence started as a manager of a lounge in New Jersey in the 1950s, and was mentored in his early years by Joseph G. “Joe” Glaser — Louis Armstrong‘s music manager.
He quickly became a pioneer in the world of music … managing countless singers and performers like Sixto Rodriguez, Bill Withers, and duo Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.
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