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New Directions

Trying Something New, Moving On, Financial Woes, Who's Zoomin' Who?, Recognition And Grief

After careful consideration, Aretha changed record labels in 1980. She had good memories of her years with Atlantic, but she felt a new company would be able to help develop her sound in a way that would attract new listeners. Aretha signed with Arista Records, headed by Clive Davis. Davis had helped launch the careers of Barry Manilow and Melissa Manchester, and he had revived the career of Dionne Warwick.

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Musician BiographiesAretha Franklin