Personal Managers Hall Of Fame
Celebrating Illustrious Careers in Entertainment, Music, and Talent Management.
Susan is a 45-year veteran of the music and entertainment industry and has worked with music acts that have sold more than 500 million records worldwide. With a bold move to Las Vegas expanding JEG, she promoted concerts and events at the Thomas & Mack Center, Phillips Arena, and Planet Hollywood.
"I have been fortunate enough to work with some incredibly talented people in my 45 years in the music business, people like Diane Warren, Seals and Croft, Laura Branigan, Bobby Caldwell, Patrice Rushen, Eddie Kendricks, Nell Carter, Tower of Power and more. I came into the business in the 1970s at a time when pop music was, in my humble opinion, at its finest. Throughout the years, I ended up managing not just single acts, but generations and families, as well. The business and my life became cross-connected and incestuous.
"I graduated from Emerson College in Boston and went back to New York (I'm a Brooklyn girl) to find fame and fortune as a singer and actress and ended up working at a talent agency, IFA (which later merged with CMA to become ICM). There, I met and worked with the 1970s pop duo Seals and Crofts. I ended up moving to Los Angeles to work with their manager, Marcia Day. I also ended up marrying her nephew, Marc Joseph. My sister married his brother, Rick Joseph (who became an entertainment attorney).
"I started managing England Dan and John Ford Coley. England Dan (Dan Seals) was Jimmy Seals' younger brother. I signed them to Doug Morris and Big Tree Records. I also signed my husband to Big Tree Records. I arranged for my brother-in-law to work at Dawnbreaker Music (Seals and Crofts Publishing). Dash Crofts (who was married to Marc's cousin) became my cousin by marriage, as did Seals & Croft's producer and incredible guitar player, Louis Shelton, and Joey Bogan, their engineer.
"In the 1970s, I managed a female sister duo, Leslie and Kelley, whom I also signed to Doug Morris (now chairman of Sony/BMG) when he owned Big Tree Records, distributed by Atlantic. I knew their father and mother very well. The father, Sid Bulkin, was the drummer for Vic Damone and Peggy Lee. The mother, Joan Bulkin, was a former dancer on "The Red Skelton Show."
"Later, during the time that I managed Laura Branigan, Leslie married a young songwriter, singer and producer, Mark Spiro, who was working with Laura's producer, Jack White. I began to manage Mark (who I have been with, on and off, for 25 years). Well, now I'm doing work with Mark and Leslie's two daughters, Ruby and Summer (a sister duo called Ruby Summer). History just repeating itself.
"Also during the 1970s, my partner Dick, who has done more than 25,000 shows and concerts, promoted most of the live performances of David Cassidy during his teen idol and "The Partridge Family" days. In addition, he did all of the shows for Shaun Cassidy during that time and promoted some appearances for their father, Jack Cassidy."