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Seymour Stein


Seymour Stein is born in Brooklyn, New York.


Seymour Stein gets his first job in the music business as a clerk in the chart-and-research department of Billboard magazine.


Seymour Stein founds Sire Productions with record producer Richard Gottehrer, which leads to the formation of Sire Records.


Seymour Stein’s Sire Records has its first hit single with “Hocus Pocus,” a progressive-rock instrumental by the Dutch group Focus.


Seymour Stein sees the Ramones at CBGB’s. They are the first punk-rock band he signs to Sire Records, which also acquires Talking Heads the same year.


Seymour Stein signs a distribution deal with Warner Bros. for his Sire label, bringing greater visibility to emerging artists from the punk and New Wave underground.


The Pretenders are acquired by Seymour Stein’s Sire Records when Sire buys the U.K. label Real, which has the group on its roster.


Madonna begins a long-term relationship with Seymour Stein’s Sire Records, where she’ll become a superstar.


After various label rearrangements dating back to 1995, Seymour Stein’s Sire Records once again becomes a distinct label imprint within the Warner Bros. portfolio.


Seymour Stein is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the twentieth annual induction dinner.

Seymour Stein