b. James Albert Halsey, 7 October 1930, Independence, Kansas. USA. Halsey became a highly successful and very respected business man in a career that began when he was at college. In May 1950, he booked Hank Thompson And His Brazos Valley Boys to play a show in Memorial Hall, Independence. Thompson was impressed by his expertise and the following year hired him to arrange all bookings for his band. This led to Halsey, in partnership with Thompson and Roy Clark, forming the Jim Halsey Company, which was soon handling bookings for many country artists. After successfully arranging sponsorship of Thompson with a beer company, his persuasive promotional ability in 1956, saw Thompson became the first country singer to star in Las Vegas casinos. Other firsts include his promotion of the 1976 tour of Russia by Clark, and the Oak Ridge Boys and in 1979, he successfully promoted country music at the Montreux International Jazz Festival at Monte Carlo.
After years based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he relocated his head office to Nashville in 1987, but maintained sub-offices in several US cities and in London. Over the years, the business, apart from the promotion and management of dozens of country’s biggest names including Tammy Wynette, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Dwight Yoakam, developed to include video and television, music publishing and record production, advertising and the international promotion of festivals. He has received countless awards for his services to country music not only in America but also from other countries. He has served in executive posts of the Academy of Country Music and from 1964-84, he was a director of the Country Music Association. After a failed first marriage, he married Minisa Crumbo, an internationally known Native American artist. He has owned radio stations and been involved with many business projects that encompass ranching, stock market dealings and the directorship of banks and museums. In the early 90s, his company merged with the William Morris Organisation. A quiet soft-spoken man who has done much for country music but once admitted his preference was for jazz.