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Seymour Stein


1942

Seymour Stein is born in Brooklyn, New York.

1958

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

1966

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

1973

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

1975

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.

1976

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.

1980

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.

1982

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

2003

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.

2005

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

Seymour Stein