Concert promoter Ralph Hauser III, credited with helping elevate the profile of Hispanic music in the United States, died Feb. 14 of a heart attack while playing racquetball in Whittier, Calif. He was 41.
Although he started out working for his father’s promotion company, at age 23 Hauser started his own business, Hauser Entertainment, which introduced Mexican artists to U.S.
Shows featured such stars as Luis Miguel and Spanish pop diva Rocio Durcal. Hauser was also the U.S. representative for stars such as Vicente Fernandez, Juan Gabriel and Joan Sebastian.
Hauser was able to book the acts in places such as Madison Square Garden and Universal Amphitheatre.
Last year, Hauser placed No. 8 among the top 50 concert promoters ranked by Pollstar, the trade journal, based on worldwide ticket sales of more than 1.1 million.
Two years ago, Hauser joined forces with CIE, Latin America’s leading live entertainment company, which bought a 51% stake in a new firm named Hauser-CIE Entertainment.