The career of Jim Halsey, Oklahoma-based music manager, agent, impresario, teacher and author, is the subject of an exhibit opening today at the Oklahoma History Center.
The 1,800-square-foot "Starmaker: Jim Halsey & the Legends of Country Music” exhibit 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 be held later in the evening. 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, with its base in Tulsa. In his career, Halsey 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. On display will be many items and memorabilia highlighting key events in 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. Also shown will be posters from events worldwide where Halsey worked his promotional skills, pictures from first-of-their-kind Las Vegas events and items from a landmark 1976 Soviet tour featuring Clark and the Oak Ridge Boys.
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"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.). →Information: okhistorycenter.org. →Admission: Free.