Oklahoma country music “Starmaker” Jim Halsey to be honored in Oklahoma History Center exhibit opening this afternoon
Jim Halsey (Kelly Kerr photo)
The career of Jim Halsey, Oklahoma-based music manager, agent, impresario, teacher and author, is the subject of a new exhibit opening today at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive (formerly 2401 N Laird Ave.).
The 1,800-square-foot exhibition “Starmaker: Jim Halsey & the Legends of Country Music” will open with a public signing event for Halsey’s new book, “Starmaker,” from 3 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
An invitation-only reception for Halsey, hosted by Roy Clark, Wanda Jackson and the Oak Ridge Boys, will take place later this evening, according to NewsOK.
Halsey has been the agent of more than 40 top music stars over the past 60 years and built the largest country music agency in the world, based in Tulsa. He guided — and in many cases discovered — artists such as Clark, the Oak Ridge Boys, Merle Haggard, the Judds, Hank Thompson, Reba McEntire, Mel Tillis, Clint Black, Tammy Wynette, Freddy Fender and Don Williams.
After he sold his company to the William Morris Agency, he founded the Jim Halsey Institute, which focuses on helping others pursue their dreams in the music industry. He continues to manage the Oak Ridge Boys.
The exhibit will display many items from Halsey’s career, from gold and platinum albums marking his clients’ achievements to awards and citations given to Halsey for his contributions to the music industry.
In “Starmaker,” released by Tate Publishing this month, Halsey shares secrets he learned while shepherding stars’ careers.
Halsey still lives near Tulsa with his wife, Minisa.
EXHIBIT OPENING/BOOK SIGNING
“Starmaker: Jim Halsey & the Legends of Country Music”
When: 3 to 5 p.m. today.
Where: Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive (formerly listed as 2401 N Laird Ave.).