born in 1952
Roger Davies (manager)
Roger Davies is an Australian born business manager and music producer with a long career in the music industry. His career has taken him from working as a roadie in Australia in the early 1970s to managing some of the most successful female pop/rock performers in the world including Olivia Newton-John, Tina Turner, Cher, Janet Jackson, Sade and Pink.
Davies was based in the United States and England in the 80s and 90s. He took Sherbet overseas following their breakthrough international success of their hit single "Howzat!" (1976). They relocated to the USA in 1978 but were unable to break into the US music scene and eventually returned to Australia. By the time Sherbet split in 1981, Davies had ended his relationship with Sherbet and moved to Los Angeles, where he began working briefly for Lee Kramer, who was then managing (and was romantically involved with) expatriate Australian singer Olivia Newton-John. One of Davies' first clients in the USA was former Steve & The Board front man Steve Kipner, who wrote the song "Physical". And it was on the set of Olivia's ABC TV Special "Hollywood Nights" Produced by Lee Kramer that he met Tina Turner for the first time. Tina was later to be signed to Kramers management company.
Kipner wrote "Physical" for Tina Turner but she thought it "too obvious" and turned it down. When Kipner played Davies the demo of "Let's Get Physical" he decided it was perfect for Olivia, and while she recorded it, Olivia panicked after afterwards, thinking the song was too suggestive, "Physical" proved to be an international smash hit and it stayed at the top of the USA charts for ten weeks. Davies took over Olivia's management following her split Lee Kramer, and Davies played a major part in the massive success Olivia enjoyed in the early 1980s, including her multi-million-selling albums Physical and Soul Kiss and her sell-out North American tour
In 1979, Davies became the manager of singer Tina Turner. Tina's career was at a low ebb after she separated from her husband Ike; she was virtually broke and without a record contract. Davies guided Tina's incredible comeback, and over a four-year period rebuilt Turner's career, and helped her to launch her solo career.
By the 1970s, Ike Turner had become heavily addicted to drugs and abused his wife. After years of conflict, Tina had walked out of her disastrous marriage but she left the partnership with nothing and over the next few years struggled to survive as a solo artist. By 1979, she was without a record contract for the first time in her career. She was supporting herself by gigging on the hotel and club circuit but although her talent was undiminished, she realised that she needed new songs, new management and a new image if she was going to reach a wider audience and make it as a solo performer.
In 1979, Davies accompanied Lee Kramer to see Tina live for the first time at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco and it was a turning point for both of them. Roger & Lee met Tina after the show and saw that she was still hungry for success: "She said 'I want to get out of here and play rock venues.'" Tina opted to take on Lee Kramer as her manager. Roger reluctantly went along with the plan and he set to work finding her a new contract, although the next couple of years proved to be a testing time. To support herself, Tina worked on the club circuit, while Davies called in every favor owed to him to put together a comeback.
Tina's comeback began in UK with a dynamic cover of The Temptations' "Ball of Confusion", recorded with Heaven 17 alter-ego British Electric Foundation (BEF), and this was followed by a cover of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together", which was a hit in Europe. Her major breakthrough came with "What's Love Got to Do with It", a song written for her by Terry Britten (ex The Twilights), although Tina disliked the song and originally turned it down. Despite her reservations, it became a huge success, providing her with her first US #1 hit. The single "Private Dancer" (penned by Mark Knopfler) was a major international hit and the 1984 album Private Dancer became one of the biggest successes of the 1980s, earning Tina three Grammy Awards in 1985, and re-establishing her as one of the world's top rock performers. On the day the single hit #1 in the USA, Tina was offered the role of "Aunty Entity" in the Australian film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Turner's profile has endured and in 2000 her Twenty Four Seven Tour was also the highest grossing US tour of the year.
Davies notoriety in the music business has led to him becoming probably the only Australian rock manager ever to be wrongly portrayed in American TV and film. In 1993, the biography of Tina Turner by Kurt Loder, What's Love Got to Do with It, was made into a hit film with Angela Bassett as Tina and Australian singer-actor James Reyne (former lead singer of Australian Crawl) portraying Davies when actually it was lee kramer who should have been credited. He was also satirically portrayed by Alec Baldwin in a Saturday Night Live sketch when Tina guested on the program.
Davies has enjoyed continuing success with American singer-songwriter Pink. He took over her management commencing from her second album, 2001's Missundaztood. Pink was unhappy with her direction and reportedly had little control over her first album, so she enlisted the help of singer-songwriter Linda Perry (4 Non Blondes) for her next and personal second album. Davies had been impressed enough with Pink's presence in her first video to review her debut album (which he reportedly did not like), but when he heard some of the early songs Pink wrote with Perry he was intrigued:
- "She not only sang the tracks, but she acted them out." "She said, 'This song is going to be the first single, and this is how the video should be.' By then I knew I wanted to manage her. I told her that she was taking a huge risk by changing her sound, but she knew that. She was just fearless."
Davies and Pink's determination paid off. Her second album proved a tremendous hit, with worldwide sales of over 16 million, winning over critics and fans alike and earning Pink two Grammy nominations, and the single "Get the Party Started" became a Top Five US hit. Pink's 2003 third album Try This sold also over 3 million copies worldwide, and earned Pink her second Grammy Award for her song "Trouble".
Her fourth album, 2006's I'm Not Dead, sold over 6 million copies worldwide, and its tour of the same name smashed attendance records in Australia and Europe for a solo female artist.
In 2009, Pink's fifth album "Funhouse" outsold her "I'm Not Dead" album and producing hit singles "So What" and "Sober". Her "Funhouse" arena tour played to over two million people at 160 sold out dates worldwide, And in 2010, she followed it up with her "Funhouse Summer Carnival Tour", playing 34 European stadium and festival shows in 14 countries in 12 weeks, adding a further one million fans.
Pink has sold over 30 millions records
2004 Music Managers Awards
In 2004, Davies was awarded the Lifetime Membership Award at the 2004 MMF Music Managers Awards by the MMF [Music Managers Forum (Australia)].
2008 APRA Awards
Davies was honoured by the Australian music industry. Famed within the music industry for his incredible career, he was awarded one of their highest accolades - the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Music. The award was presented at the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) awards ceremony in Sydney Australia on 16 June 2008. CEO of APRA/AMCOS, Brett Cottle, also said:
- "Roger Davies' gift to the artists he represents is his incomparable drive, passion and determined belief in their talent. That's an unbeatable combination that has brought great artists to the public's attention. It's a pleasure to recognize his contribution to the cause of music creators."
Pink pre-recorded a message of congratulations to Davies for the ceremony, in which she said:
"I wouldn't be where I was without you -- your reputation is impeccable, the respect that you've garnered over the years is amazing and well deserved."
Roger Davies and his company, RDWM / RD Worldwide Management / Roger Davies Worldwide Management, currently manage artists such as Tina Turner, Cher, Pink, Sade, and Joe Cocker.
Music & Film Credits
Some music record / CD / DVD credits include (incomplete and draft list only):
Pink Who Knew, Pt. 2 (Maxi Single) - 2007 - Management
Pink Box - (3 x CD Album set with Try This DVD) - Executive Producer
Pink: Live from Wembley Arena - London, England (DVD) - 2007 - Executive Producer
I'm Not Dead (Platinum) (CD Album) - 2006 - Executive Producer
Live in Europe (DVD) - 2004 - Executive Producer
Trouble (Australia) Executive - Producer
Trouble (UK Single) Executive - Producer
Try This (Bonus Tracks) - Executive Producer
Try This (CD Album) - Executive Producer
Last to Know (Holland CD) - Management
Last to Know (2 Track Single - Club Edit) - Management
Classic Cocker (CD Album) - Producer
Gold Executive - Producer
Heroes & Friends Executive - Producer
Heroes & Friends - Management
Heart & Soul (US Bonus Track) - Executive Producer
Heart & Soul - Executive Producer
Live: Across from Midnight Tour - Executive Producer
Ultimate Collection - Executive Producer
Ultimate Collection - Producer
Ultimate Collection 1968-2003 - Executive Producer
Ultimate Collection 1968-2003 - Producer
Greatest Love Songs - Producer
Super Hits - Producer
Joe Cocker (Mushroom) - Producer
Greatest Hits (EMI) - Management / Producer
Across from Midnight - Executive Producer
Have a Little Faith - Producer
Joe Cocker - Best of
Joe Cocker (Capitol) - Producer
Best of Joe Cocker (Capitol Import) - Executive Producer
Live in Hawaii (CD Album) - Executive Producer
Live in Hawaii - Executive Producer
Janet Jackson: Janet - Live in Hawaii (DVD) - 2002 - Executive Producer
Velvet Rope Tour/Live In Hawaii - Executive Producer
Just a Little While (2 Tracks) - Management
Cher Live: The Farewell Tour - Executive Producer
Very Best of Cher (Special Edition) - Executive Producer
When the Money's Gone (CD/12" Single) Management
2000 - Best of Tina Turner: Celebrate! (DVD) - Executive Producer
Greatest Hits (Cema) - Executive Producer
Greatest Hits (Cema) - Producer
What's Love Got to Do with It - Executive Producer
What's Love Got to Do with It - Producer
All the Best: The Hits - Executive Producer
All the Best: The Hits - Management
Live in Amsterdam/One Last Time - Executive Producer
All the Best: The Hits - Producer
All the Best: The Live Collection (DVD) - Executive Producer
All the Best: The Live Collection (DVD) - Management
All the Best - Executive Producer
All the Best - Producer
Simply the Best (CD & DVD) - Arranger / Executive Producer
Celebrate: The Best of Tina Turner (Video/DVD) - Executive Producer
Twenty Four Seven Executive - Producer
Wildest Dreams (Bonus CD) - Executive Producer
Live in Amsterdam: Wildest Dreams Tour - Executive Producer
Wildest Dreams - Management
Collected Recordings - Sixties to Nineties - Producer
Foreign Affair - Arranger
Foreign Affair - Producer
What's Love Got to Do with It (Bonus Tracks) - Executive Producer
Break Every Rule - Director
Wildest Dreams - Executive Producer
Tony Joe White - One Hot July - Producer
Sherbet - Slipstream - Direction
Sherbet - On with the Show Coordination Sherbet Slipstream - Management
Tony Joe White - Lake Placid Blues - Management
Tony Joe White - Lake Placid Blues - Producer
Mick Jagger - Primitive Cool Creative - Consultant
Sade - Remix Deluxe - Management
Tony Joe White - Best of Tony Joe White - Management
John Travolta - Two of a Kind - Production Coordination
Sherbet - Collection Cover - Design
Hobo Hobo - Vocals
Various Artists - 101 80's - Hits Producer
Various Artists - I Luv Mum: For the Best Mum in the World Ever (2007) - Producer
Various Artists - Let's Hear It for the Girls - Producer
Various Artists - I Luv Mum: For the Best Mum in the World Ever - Producer
Various Artists - Housework Songs - Producer
Various Artists - Best of 1990-2000 - Producer
Various Artists - Brilliant! The Global Dance Music Experience, Vol. 2 - Producer
Various Artists - Diana, Princess of Wales: Tribute - Executive Producer
Movie Soundtrack - Blown Away - Producer
Various Artists - Luv Collection: Movie Luv - Producer
Various Artists - Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin - Producer
Various Artists - Greatest Voices - Executive Producer
- 1.0 1.1 1.2 "How we met: Roger Davies and Tina Turner", The Independent (London), 9 July 2000; interviews by Pierre Perrone (accessed 25 April 2009)
- Songwriter Universe - Steve Kipner
- Answers.com - Steve Kipner
- 2008 Winners - APRA Music Awards. Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved on 28 April 2010.
- "How we met: Roger Davies & Tina Turner", The Independent, 9 June 2000, accessed 25 April 2009
References / External Links
- TheMusic - Article - "APRA Lauds Roger Davies" - June 2008 -http://www.themusic.com.au/imm_display.php?s=christie&id=367&d=2008-06-10
- APRA Awards - June 2008 - "Music Man Roger Davies to Receive Prestigious APRA Honour" - http://www.apra.com.au/awards/music/media_releases/080610_Ted-Albert-Award.asp
- Undercover Article - June 2008 - "APRA To Honour Roger Davies" - http://www.undercover.com.au/News-Story.aspx?id=5160
- Sydney Morning Herald - Article - June 2008 - http://www.smh.com.au/news/music/shannon-nolls-us-push-gets-a-big-boost/2008/06/08/1212863446203.html
- MMF [Music Managers Forum (Aust)] - Article - "Who Won the 2004 MMF Management Awards" - http://www.mmfaustralia.com.au/index.php?page=Full+News+Article&mmf_article_id=736
- Sydney Morning Herald - Article - "Pink Inc" - November 2003 - http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/11/21/1069027330570.html
- International Tina Turner Fanclub - "Tina: Biography" - http://www.tinaturnerfanclub.eu/biography.html
- The (London) Independent - "How We Met Roger Davies and Tina Turner: I Said Roger I'm Coming." - July 2000 - http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_20000709/ai_n14327813
- The (London) Independent - "Market Leaders Pick Their Market Leader: Whose the Manager On Top Of." - December 1999 - http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_1999-1222/ai_n1427-1812
- 12am Article - "Tony White - DJ Biography" - http://www.12am.com.au/?id=200
- Milesago Article - "Roger Davies" - http://www.milesago.com/Industry/davies-roger.htm
- Milesago Article - "Steve & The Board / Steve Kipner" - http://www.milesago.com/Artists/steveboard.htm
- Howlspace Article - "Sherbet" http://www.howlspace.com.au/en3/sherbert/sherbert.htm