David Cole (record producer)

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David Cole
Birth nameDavid Bryon Cole[1]
Born(1962-06-03)June 3, 1962
Johnson City, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedJanuary 24, 1995(1995-01-24) (aged 32)
New York City, New York, U.S.
GenresDance, house
Occupation(s)Producer, remixer
Years active1981–1995
Associated actsC+C Music Factory, Clivillés and Cole, Robert Clivillés, Martha Wash, Deborah Cooper, Mariah Carey, Freedom Williams

David Bryon Cole (June 3, 1962 – January 24, 1995) was an American songwriter and record producer. Cole was one half of the dance-music duo C+C Music Factory, which he founded with musical partner Robert Clivillés.

Robert Clivillés and David Cole also produced various hits for other artists such as Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, Deborah Cooper, and many others. After Cole's death in 1995, partner Robert Clivillés continued to keep C+C Music Factory going through his own production work.

Musical career[edit]

In the late 1980s Robert Clivillés and David Cole were active in 2 Puerto Ricans, a Blackman, and a Dominican and The 28th Street Crew.[2][3] At the time they were the driving force of the short-lived Brat Pack.[4] Cole also released one solo-single called "You Take My Breath Away" in 1988.[1] The duo were also responsible for the formation of pop group Seduction, for whom they wrote and produced a string of Top-10 hits. They contributed to the career of former The Weather Girls vocalist Martha Wash who at the same time was one the lead vocalist for the dance act Blackbox. In 1990 Clivillés and Cole released a single, featuring later C+C Music Factory rapper Freedom Williams, called "Get Dumb! (Free Your Body)" as The Crew.[5] But the duo's biggest success was the group C+C Music Factory that scored worldwide in 1991.[6]

Production and remix work[edit]


"Get Dumb (Free Your Body)" sampled parts of a 1983 song "The Music Got Me" without permission. Author of "The Music Got Me", Boyd Jarvis, sued Clivillés and Cole in 1990 for copyright infringement and demanded $15 million in royalties.[7]

Four years later, Kevin McCord filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Mariah Carey, Cole, Clivillés, and Columbia Records because, according to McCord, they took parts of his song called "I Want to Thank You," originally sung by Alicia Myers, and made "Make It Happen" out of it without permission.[8] McCord eventually accepted a settlement offer of about US$500,000.[9][10]


Cole died on January 24, 1995, after a long illness.[11][12] The official cause was announced by Robert Clivillés as complications from spinal meningitis brought on by AIDS.[13] He was buried at East Ridgelawn Cemetery in Clifton, New Jersey.[14] The song "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey, featuring Boyz II Men, was written by Carey in memory of Cole.[15][16]


  1. ^ a b David Cole, Discogs
  2. ^ Chep Nuñez, Discogs
  3. ^ 28th Street Crew, The, Discogs
  4. ^ Brat Pack, The, Discogs
  5. ^ Crew, The Featuring Freedom Williams – Get Dumb! (Free Your Body), Discogs
  6. ^ C+C Music Factory/Full Biography Archived 2010-09-25 at the Wayback Machine., MTV
  7. ^ Jarvis v. A & M Records 827 F. Supp. 282 (D.N.J. 1993) UCLA Archived April 15, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Atwood, Brett (July 23, 1994). "Carey And Sony Dispute C'right Infringement Claims". Billboard. BPI Communications. 106 (30): 12, 125. ISSN 0006-2510. OCLC 1532948.
  9. ^ Friedman, Roger (2004-08-10). "Mariah Carey Accused of Plagiarism". FOXNews.com. News Corporation. Archived from the original on 2011-08-01. Retrieved 2011-08-01.
  10. ^ Atwood, Brett (July 23, 1994). "Carey and Sony Dispute C'right Infringement Claims". Billboard. BPI Communications. 106 (30): 12, 125. ISSN 0006-2510. OCLC 1532948.
  11. ^ C+C Music Factory's David Cole Succumbs, Jet, 13 February 1995 (page 18)
  12. ^ C+C Music Factory's David Cole Dies At 32, Billboard, 4 February 1995 (page 9)
  13. ^ "C+C's David Cole dies at 32" Archived 2010-07-03 at the Wayback Machine.NY Daily News, 25 January 1995
  14. ^ David B. Cole's grave from Find-A-Grave
  15. ^ Nickson 1998, p. 144
  16. ^ The ultimate 90 Mariah Carey, VIBE (November 2007)

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