Kevin Jacobsen

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For the United States Air Force officer, see Kevin J. Jacobsen.

Kevin George Jacobsen OAM (born 29 July 1937 in Sydney) is an Australian entertainment entrepreneur.

Along with his brothers Colin (Col Joye) and Keith, he was a member of Australian 1960s band Col Joye and The Joyboys achieving four No.1 Top Forty chart hits.[citation needed]

In 1965, Kevin formed ATA Artists, initially managing acts and promoting tours by Joye, The Joyboys, Little Pattie (Patricia Amphlett), was married to Keith Jacobsen), Sandy Scott (married to Carol Jacobsen, Col, Kevin and Keith's sister) and Cathy Wayne; and later recording artists for their label ATA Records. In 1971 Kevin [ATA Artists] and Tony Brady [Allstar Arists] combined to form [ATA Allstar Artists].

In Australia, the Jacobsen Group of Companies presented many international artists including Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, the Bee Gees, The Three Tenors, Kiss, Simon and Garfunkel,[1] Bob Marley, Shania Twain, Billy Joel, John Denver, Pearl Jam, Cyndi Lauper, Julio Iglesias, Barry Manilow, Meat Loaf, Olivia Newton-John, Walt Disney's World on Ice, Peter Allen, Sammy Davis Jr, and many more. Kevin has also produced theatrical shows such as Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Camelot with Richard Harris, Fame, A Chorus Line, and Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage. He was also the Executive Producer of the musical theatre production The Man from Snowy River: Arena Spectacular.[2]

In 2002, Jacobsen Entertainment Limited was floated as a public company, but was only half subscribed.[3] The following year the new company suffered heavy losses from a disappointing Bruce Springsteen tour and the failure of the Cameron Mackintosh co-production of the musical The Witches of Eastwick.[4] The company eventually went into receivership.


Jacobsen was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)[5] in 1985 for his services to the performing arts and entertainment industry. He was a JC Williamson Award recipient for lifetime achievement in 2002.[6]


  1. ^ Lawson, Valerie (3 January 1983). "An old Joy Boy rocks if not rolls the Town Hall". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Dennis, Anthony (18 June 2002). "Just can't get enough of The Man". Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Chessell, James (5 September 2002). "The go-slow show must go on". Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Rochfort, Scott (15 April 2003). "No-joy boys blame everything for loss". Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  5. ^ It's an Honour - Medal of the Order of Australia - 26 January 1985
  6. ^ "JC Williamson Award recipients". Helpmann Awards. Live Performance Australia. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 

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Further reading[edit]

  • Ian McFarlane (1999) The Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop, Allen and Unwin
  • Max Moore (2003) Some Days are Diamonds, New Holland Publishers

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