Harvey Kresky began his entertainment industry career at the beginning of Rock and Roll in the famed mailroom of the William Morris Agency in New York City.  Promoted to the newly created Music Department he and associates represented future Rhythm and Blues legends Solomon Burke and Sam Cooke; also The Rolling Stones on their first USA tour, Simon and Garfunkel, Gene Pitney, Bobby Rydell, Bobby Vinton, Dionne Warwick and Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars Tour.
 
Transferred to the agency Beverly Hills office he signed the unknown Sonny and Cher, departing the agency to become their manager.  He was one of the first music industry artist mangers to set up music publishing, recording, film, television, and concert production companies financed by Ahmet Ertegun's Atlantic Records.  He arranged and packaged the production of the Sonny and Cher film "Good Times" and brought in William (Billy) Friedkin to direct his first film.  He produced Cher's first solo film "Chastity" written and co-produced by Sonny Bono.  Their first recording artist was keyboard player Mac Rebbeneck aka Dr. John, The Night tripper.  When his first highly controversial album "Gris Girs" was banned by radio he sent it to friends The Rolling Stones who fell in love with it, and offered Dr. John to open their shows.  Since then Dr. John has enjoyed a successful 48 year career.
 
Mr. Kresky and friends formed the agency ZEI, representing at the outset of their careers, The Moody Blues, Bread, Neil Diamond, Arlo Gutherie, Procol Harum, Humble Pie, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor and Frank Zappa.  For promoter Bill Graham he set up the film and television company that bore his name.
 
Mr. Kresky also conceived, designed, developed and founded The Pacific Amphitheatre, the largest capacity open-air theatre in the state, over 20,000. Located in the City of Costa Mesa's Orange County Fairgrounds it will soon celebrate its 30th anniversary. The project was done under the auspices of the State of California and was a first of its kind.  Mr. Kresky brought The Nederlander Organization to California to finance and manage the venue.
 


 

Harvey Kresky       Founder / Executive Director

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