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Thu, 12.17.1896

Joseph Glaser, Entertainer Manager born

Joseph Glaser

*Joseph Glaser was born on this date in 1896. He was a white Jewish American artist manager.

Joseph G. Glaser was the son of a Chicago family of Russian Jewish origins. After a series of odd jobs (fight promoter, club manager), with the help of his mob connections, he started managing Louis Armstrong in May 1935 and Billie Holiday. The success of their association caused other jazz musicians to join Glaser and his agency, known as the Associated Booking Corporation, which was formed in 1940 by him and Armstrong.

Glaser was a feared person in the business industry. Associated Booking Corporation, or "ABC" as it is also known, was incorporated on June 26, 1943, and still exists today. It has represented Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman, Dave Brubeck, Barbra Streisand, B.B. King, The Allman Brothers Band, T. Rex, The Platters, and many others. He was a key mentor to the career of Clarence Avant.

Joe Glaser died on June 6, 1969, at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in New York City after a stroke. He was 72. After his death, Glaser's FBI file – CR 166-1672 – was shipped to the H.R. Select Committee on Assassinations sometime in 1976–1979. The file was sent to the committee believing Glaser had known Jack' Sparky' Rubenstein (better known as Jack Ruby) from his Chicago days. That file revealed that Glaser was still doing some boxing promotion as late as 1966, representing Ernie Terrell in his 1966 boxing match against the then Cassius Clay.

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