Universal Attractions Agency

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Universal Attractions, Inc.
FoundedNew York, New York (1945)
HeadquartersMidtown Manhattan (United States)
Key people
Jeff Allen, Co-Owner
Jeff Epstein, Co-Owner

Universal Attractions Agency (UAA) is an American talent agency. It was founded by Ben Bart in 1949. The New York City–based agency is currently under the management of Jeff Allen[1] and Jeff Epstein.

In business since 1949, UAA is located in New York City. The agency’s history includes launching the career of the soul singer James Brown and representing him for more than 40 years.[citation needed]


In 1949, agent Ben Bart decided to resign from his position at The Gale Agency. He opened the Universal Attractions Agency that same year.[2][3]

Notable past artists[edit]

Jimmy Lunceford
Hank Ballard and The Midnighters
The "5" Royales
Grateful Dead
James Brown & The Famous Flames[4][5][6]
Little Willie John
Joe Tex
Tiny Bradshaw
Cootie Williams
Arnett Cobb
Dinah Washington[7]
Chuck Berry
Charles Aznavour
The Ravens[8][7]

Notable past agents[edit]

Dick Allen[9]
Joe Marsolais
Dick Boone
Jack Fink
Harry Lineshetska
James Crawford
Deloris Rosayler
Marti Otelsburg
Lewis (Chet) Dillon
Tammy Taylor

Notable present artists[edit]

Angie Stone
MC Hammer[10]
The Stylistics[11]
The Chi-Lites[1]
The O'Jays
Roy Ayers
Jennifer Holliday[12]
Pieces of a Dream
Jimmy "JJ" Walker
Bobby Brown
Keith Sweat
Johnny Gill
Phil Perry
Tevin Campbell
Slick Rick
Bell Biv DeVoe
Heavy D
Mos Def
The Sugarhill Gang
Too Short
CeCe Winans
Donald Lawrence
Mary Mary
The Delfonics
The Dramatics[1]
Walter Beasley
En Vogue
J Anthony Brown
After 7
Angela Winbush
Chaka Khan
Howard Hewett


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  2. ^ http://www.doowopcafe.net/Ravens.html
  3. ^ "James Brown Biography". Rolling Stone.
  4. ^ "James Brown". www.history-of-rock.com. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  5. ^ "%22universal attractions%22 %22ben bart%22 - Google Search". www.google.com. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  6. ^ "Artifact: Fax It Loud". NYMag.com. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  7. ^ a b Gulla, Bob (2008-01-01). Icons of R&B and Soul: Ray Charles ; Little Richard ; Fats Domino ; Ruth Brown ; LaVern Baker ; Sam Cooke ; Jackie Wilson ; Etta James ; Ike and Tina Turner ; The Isley Brothers ; James Brown. Greenwood Press. ISBN 9780313340451.
  8. ^ http://home.att.net/~marvy42/Ravens/ravens01.html
  9. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (1949-03-05). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
  10. ^ "★ M.C. Hammer Address". www.fanmail.biz. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  11. ^ "Booking Information - THE STYLISTICS". www.thestylistics.org. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  12. ^ "JENNIFER HOLLIDAY | Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos". Myspace. Retrieved 2016-04-10.

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